Elizabeth is currently a second year medical school student at Stanford Medical school. She is currently conducting studies on:

  • the effects of changes in governmental regimes on HIV prevalence in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • the distribution of palliative medicine around the world
  • the traditional distribution of paid & unpaid work in several countries and how it perpetuates gender inequality

After GHDI, she completed an internship at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland in the Dept. of Essential Medicines & Health Products, then completed Master’s in Biomedical Engineering at UM. 


“My experience in the Design for Maternal Health program motivated me to dedicate my career to improving health equity. When I arrived in Ghana as an undergraduate engineering student, I was bursting with excitement to design a medical device that could improve women’s health care in resource-limited clinics. The design process was every bit as exciting, challenging, and enriching as I hoped it would be, but the strongest memories that I have from this experience are the daily goings-on in Ghanaian birth centers. For the first time, I observed and analyzed a health system objectively, scrutinizing why common problems here were virtually unheard of in US hospitals. I learned that medical devices are not the sole determinant of health outcomes; governance, culture, education, social norms, transportation, and myriad other factors interact to limit health care delivery. I discovered that I had a deep motivation to learn more about these challenges and work toward universal access to high-quality health care in every way that I can.” – Elizabeth Hyde