What attracted you to the health metrics field?
I first became interested in pursuing a career in public health through studying health economics in college. I then developed a love for working with data through my roles as a data and business analyst at a financial services company for two years prior to working at IHME. The post-bachelor fellowship has allowed me to merge my eagerness to create meaningful improvements in global health and my passion for working with data.
What work are you doing at IHME?
I am working on the cost-effectiveness research team. In the long run, we are building a micro-simulation that will evaluate different interventions for a myriad of diseases on the basis of cost-effectiveness. In the short run, we are working on a paper that will evaluate the cost-effectiveness of screening and treating hypertension in Kenya.
How do you think your experience at IHME will contribute to your future work?
After my fellowship, I plan to continue to work with global health data. I am especially interested in continuing to work for IHME, conducting data analysis for an NGO, or potentially enrolling in a PhD program. I think that the analytical and quantitative skills that I will continue to develop over the course of my fellowship will serve me well no matter where I end up.
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