MPH Alumna Karthiga Vasudevan Wins Best Oral Presentation Award in India

ALIGARH, India ‒ The American University of Armenia (AUA) Turpanjian School of Public Health (SPH) is proud to share that Dr. Karthiga Vasudevan (MPH ’18) was awarded Best Oral Presentation at the XXI Annual Conference of Indian Association of Preventive & Social Medicine, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand State Chapter ‒ held on October 26-27, 2018, in J.N. Medical College, Aligarh Muslim University. Following a highly competitive selection process, the conference committee selected seven papers for presentation by postgraduate students from several medical universities in India.

Dr. Vasudevan’s presentation, titled “Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice on Cervical Cancer and Screening Among Women Living in Tirukalukundram, Kancheepuram District, India,” was co-authored by Dr. Arin Balalian, Nune Truzyan, and Zaruhi Grigoryan. It was based on Dr. Vasudevan’s master’s project which explored the level of knowledge, attitude, and practice (KAP) on cervical cancer and its screening, the KAP predictors for cervical cancer, and the influence of knowledge on the practice of cervical cancer screening among 382 women aged 21 to 65 years.

Upon receiving the award, Dr. Vasudevan commented: “I felt happy and responsible after winning this award. The AUA MPH Program helped me to gain not only knowledge but also confidence and professionalism which played a major role in achieving this success.”

The AUA Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian School of Public Health works actively to improve population health and health services in Armenia and the region through interdisciplinary education and development of public health professionals to be leaders in public health, health services research and evaluation, and health care delivery and management.