CSUN Health Sciences Professor Travels to China as a Fulbright Scholar

Kathleen Young

Kathleen Young

Kathleen Young, an associate professor of health sciences at California State University, Northridge, will be traveling to Zhejiang University in Hangzhou China as a Fulbright Scholar in spring, 2015. She will teach public health education in the Department of Social Medicine and perform research on tobacco control in the School of Medicine’s Research Center for Tobacco Control.

Young studies the benefits of smoke-free environments.

“I was awarded a sabbatical at CSUN in 2011, and part of my sabbatical was to go work at this particular university (Zhejiang) and do presentations and consults, and share California campus control policy, while also observing what was happening in Hangzhou,” Young said. “I’m looking forward to working with both students and faculty at Zhejiang University. And what’s important is to share our knowledge and background, and find the similarities and build bridges for the betterment of people in public health and health policies.”

Young is one of approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program in 2014-15. The program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, a division of the Institute of International Education.

“I am one of the recipients for grants in public administration and public policy, in both the United States and China,” Young said. “I am one of only a few recipients in CSUN’s College of Health and Human Development to receive a Fulbright since the 1980s. It’s really quite an honor.”

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appreciation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of the State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating government and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. The program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide.

Fulbright recipients are among more than 50,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange program each year.