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NYS-ITRP Connections

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What’s new in Kazakhstan? ​


In Kazakhstan, our ‘HIV Research Training Program’ is partnering with Kazakh National Medical University’s School of Public Health (KazNMU SPH) ( ) to expand their graduate public health curricula and provide training for their faculty on HIV-focused epidemiology and biostatistics. We are also training KazNMU faculty at the University at Albany School of Public Health in degree, distance learning and certificate programs.  We also partner with the Global Health Research Center of Central Asia (GHRCCA)  as a site for research opportunities for our trainees.

Epidemiology Course Launch!

In February 2019,  KazNMU SPH launched a new epidemiology course, designed to follow the depth and rigor of a graduate-level epidemiology entry course in the US.  NYS-ITRP Program organized faculty from SUNY Downstate School of Public Health and University at Albany School of Public Health to train junior faculty on how to teach epidemiology basics.    Pictures below include the new course taught to students at KazNMU by our newly trained Kazakh faculty.


Pictured:  From left: teaching faculty Gaukhar Mergenova, MD, MS, and Farida Iskakova, MD and three students participate in new epidemiology course.

Visit to Kazakhstan for Explore Collaborative Degree Programs


Pictured (left to right):

John Justino, MS, Director of the Center for Global Health, School of Public Health, UA SUNY;

Harvey Charles, PhD, Dean for International Education and Vice Provost for Global Strategy, UA SUNY; Olzhas Abishev, MD, Deputy Minister of Healthcare of the Republic of Kazakhstan;

Jack DeHovitz, MD, MPH, Professor, SUNY Downstate Medical University

From April 2-4 2019, group of delegates from SUNY Albany and Downstate campuses visited Almaty and the capital Nur-Sultan Kazakhstan (recently renamed from Astana) to develop a number of collaborations.  The first part of the trip focused on developing a public health undergraduate degree at Kazakh National Medical University (KazNMU) through the support of SUNY Albany. The proposed collaborative degree program at KazNMU will build on curricula and material from SUNY Albany’s public health program, and provide a hybrid experience for Kazakh students with training on KazNMU and Albany campuses.     The second half of the trip focused on our further developments in KazNMU faculty training to build the research capacity of their School of Public Health.   We plan to have a Research Conference in Almaty in Fall 2019 that focuses on the opioid dependency in people diagnosed with HIV .

April 2, 2019: NYS-ITRP Representatives meet with Kazakh Ministry of Health Officials to discuss collaborative degree programs in Nur-sultan City, Kazakhstan.

Meet one of our Kazakh trainees in Albany!

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In this video interview, we talk with Assel Bukharbayeva, an MS Epidemiology Degree student. 

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In Ukraine, we are partnering with the School of Public Health, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (SPH NaUKMA)  and the research NGO Ukrainian Institute in Public Health Policy (UIPHP)  We offer 1-year certificate programs with an emphasis on HIV-related epidemiology and implementation science to qualified trainees.


In addition to training individual investigators, we are working with our partners to produce a public health certificate program that meets the demands of current national health reform goals in Ukraine. 

What’s new in Ukraine?

Yulia Barska, Senior Lecturer at School of Public Health, National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy, leads the inaugural class in a new Public Health Certificate Course in Ukraine .

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Spotlight: Interview with Ukrainian Alumni Trainee Yuliia Sereda!

Yuliia was 1 Year Certificate Student with our program from 2012 to 2013.  Since her training she has established herself as an independent research consultant for many important HIV research projects in Ukraine.  In this interview she reflects on her training experience with Fogarty-funded NYS-ITRP program, its impact on her career, and describes some of the current challenges in the HIV treatment cascade in Ukraine.

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Meet two of our Ukrainian trainees!

In these video interviews we here from Yaroslav Zelinskyi, MS Epidemiology Degree student and Liudmyla Legkostup who just completed her Certificate in Epidemiology.   

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