Karen Oates

MS Biochemistry George Washington University 1985
PhD Biochemistry George Washington University 1985
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Karen Kashmanian Oates is a professor of biology and biotechnology and directs WPI’s master of science in global health program. She previously was Peterson Family Dean of Arts and Sciences and deputy director for undergraduate education at the National Science Foundation. Her areas of research focus include innovative approaches to science education and assessment. She also conducts faculty development workshops nationally on topics including new teaching approves to support learning, assessment strategies, and undergraduate research.

WPI professor says global health equity lies at the intersection of tech, science and humanity

Worldwide health challenges are global, from pandemics to water quality and inequitable access to care. Professor Karen Oates, who directs WPI’s master’s in global health program, spoke with GBH News’ “All Things Considered” about how technology, including artificial intelligence, can be leveraged to address these challenges. Our new degree program will empower students to design innovative, socially responsible solutions that can improve people’s health.

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WPI starts Global Health Master's Program in effort to address inequities, accessibility

WPI is empowering students to address global health challenges by leveraging socially responsible technology like AI-assisted medical treatment, wearable sensors, mobile apps, and biomedical devices. This report from Spectrum News 1 features our new master’s in Global Health program which will have a central focus on the social and ethical ramifications of health technology development.

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