Desiree Abu-Odeh, MPH, MA

Desiree Abu Odeh MA student alumniSparked by an interest in health disparities, DESIREE ABU-ODEH came to the Center for Bioethics to explore public health and ethics while earning her Master of Arts in Bioethics in 2012. Her Master’s research focused on obesity oppression, identities and diminished moral agency.  

Desiree is continuing her education as a PhD student at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in New York, where she is also a US Health Care System Teaching Assistant at the City College of New York.

Desiree has been honored with a Predoctoral Fellowship in Gender, Sexuality, and Health at Columbia University; an Early Career Scholar Award from the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities; and a DOVE (Diversity of Views and Experiences) Fellowship award from the University of Minnesota Graduate School.

 “I now understand what great responsibility comes with a deep passion for the sciences and learning: The responsibility to seek, utilize and share truth and knowledge to improve the quality of life.”
–Desiree Abu-Odeh