History of Medicine MA Student, 2011-2012
Janelle Winters studied at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 2005-2009, where she was first exposed to the history of health sciences. As a joint zoology and history/history of science, medicine and technology major, she pursued coursework in the history of disability, medieval medicine, and alternative medical movements, while performing research in amphibian immunology. During her college years, Janelle also interned at the Office of NIH History and studied biology and history at the University of Cape Town. More recently, she has earned a M.S. degree in public health and infectious diseases at Yale University (2010) and has worked in science communications at the Pulmonary Hypertension Association and the Smithsonian Institution. Janelle also has a strong interest in teaching, and previously worked as a middle school human biology teacher in Washington DC. She is currently living in Bangladesh, where she is an undergraduate public health and science writing teaching fellow at the Asian University for Women. She is especially interested in the history of infectious diseases in the West during the modern era, and in writing about history of medicine topics for the general public. To this end, she plans to embark on doctoral studies in the medical humanities. However, for the time being, she has decided to obtain a biology/history postgraduate teaching certificate from the University of Maryland.