COSSPP Student Spotlight: Dr. Amin Ghrabi
Published: June 23, 2022
Amin Ghrabi, M.D., presented his research at the AFRAVIH2022 conference in Marseille, France, this past spring. Dr. Ghrabi is a Fulbright Scholar in the Master of Public Health program and is expected to graduate this summer.
The International Francophone Conference on HIV/Hepatitis/Sexual Health/Emerging Infections (AFRAVIH2022) conference brings doctors, pharmacists, associations and civil society organizations involved in HIV care or research.
Before coming to FSU, Dr. Ghrabi had 10 years of experience in clinical medicine, health research and public health project management as a medical doctor in his home country Tunisia.
When the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020, Dr. Ghrabi decided to apply to FSU’s MPH program to advance his skills in epidemiology and policy analysis. He was offered a full scholarship from the Fulbright program to attend the MPH program at FSU. Dr. Ghrabi chose to attend FSU because he found it is “one of the best public universities in the U.S.”
He commented that the most impactful part of his FSU experience has been completing his coursework in English, his third language after Arabic and French.
Dr. Ghrabi’s research focuses on Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) infections among people who inject drugs in Tunisia. The study describes social characteristics, major risk behaviors, and HCV genotypes that are associated with injecting drug use. It also suggests relevant public health recommendations to improve drug users’ access to prevention and treatment services to achieve HCV elimination in Tunisia.
“I’ve applied the data analysis and scientific writing skills that I’ve gained during my MPH program to submit a research study to the AFRAVIH2022 conference, and it was accepted to be presented as a poster,” Dr. Ghrabi said. “By sponsoring my participation to this biannual conference, the MPH program offered me the opportunity to improve my knowledge about the most recent advancements in the field of HIV research and connect with academic researchers and representatives of international global health organizations.”
After graduating from the MPH program, Dr. Ghrabi plans to join an international health organization to help improve health outcomes in low- and middle-income countries, including his home country of Tunisia.
“The MPH program at FSU has equipped me with better skills in epidemiology and policy analysis that will help me in the future to analyze public health problems and suggest relevant solutions,” Dr. Ghrabi said.