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Shaneka Thurman, MS

Department of Global and Community Health

Shaneka Thurman

Shaneka Thurman is an Adjunct Professor within the Department of Global and Community Health. She teaches sections of Introduction to Global Health and brings eight years of progressive experience in international programming and research within community based organizations in Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and in the US. She has spent several years working in program development related to orphans and vulnerable children, microfinance loans, reproductive health, newborn screening, female empowerment and HIV/AIDS. Shaneka's specific areas of interests are in child survival, including comprehensive care for orphans and vulnerable children, and in complementary, alternative and integrated medicines. 

In addition to teaching at GMU, she manages the practicum program for MPH - Global Health students at the George Washington University. She also works as the Monitoring and Evaluation consultant for the Asociacion Pro Niños Quemados de Nicaragua (APROQUEN), in Managua, Nicaragua.


  • Maternal and Child Health Leadership Certification, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • MS, Global Health, George Mason University
  • BA, Africana Studies, North Carolina State University
  • BA, Communication, North Carolina State University