Student Profiles

October 29, 2015
Dolorence Okullo

Student profile: Dolorence Okullo

With a fascinating background that led her most recently to receive the CGH Director’s Global Health Strategy Award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dolorence entered the MHI program with 13 years of experience working in data management and analysis in Uganda. Dolorence’s journey into health informatics began when she started volunteering with The AIDS Support Organization (TASO), one of the first organizations to support people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. In this setting, Dolorence observed how the constant maintenance of patient- and physician-based record...
October 27, 2015
Anna Myers

Student profile: Anna Myers

With a B.S. in neuroscience from the University of Michigan, Anna Myers was drawn to the challenge of using information technology to improve healthcare in creative and innovative ways. As a second-year MHI student, Anna is focusing her degree towards user experience design and health communication. Anna discovered her interest in user experience design during her first-year elective class, Introduction to Interaction Design . She said it introduced her to a new way of thinking about how the design of systems and interfaces for web, mobile and other information resources can be...
October 15, 2015
Kathleen Marinan

Student profile: Kathleen Marinan

With a B.S. in Bioinformatics from the University of Pittsburgh, Kathleen entered the MHI program with a broad foundation in biology, computer science, chemistry, and statistics. Following her sophomore year, Kathleen completed a summer research fellowship with her university’s Models of Infectious Disease Agent Study (MIDAS), in which she analyzed disease infection models to assess the cost-effectiveness of different tropical disease interventions. Throughout her junior year, Kathleen continued to work with MIDAS to evaluate the value of a proposed mode of application for the influenza...
October 9, 2015

Student profile: Audrey Goulding

One consistent thread runs through part-time MHI student Audrey Goulding’s career: computers and data management. “I’ve been fascinated by computers since my teens,” she says, recalling that she built her own first computer from a kit she purchased at Radio Shack. “Health care plus computers is a fascinating combination,” she says. But despite having a mother who was a nurse and a nursing instructor, Audrey’s first choice of career wasn’t in health care. Instead, she spent 20 years in network design in banking, working in the San Francisco Bay Area, through the transition from mainframes to...
October 20, 2015

Student profile: DJ Petrovic

Hailing from Belgrade, Serbia, DJ Petrovic began his professional career in the U.S. as an emergency medical technician (EMT). Within this setting, DJ came to realize that the paper-based records provided to EMTs were inefficient, and began recommending the adoption of electronic health records (EHRs). At the time, he didn’t know that EHRs were at the forefront of an emerging field of health informatics. “As an EMT, I was putting in recommendations to my company, saying this would be much easier if we had EHRs, not knowing that this was actually a thing going on,” DJ said. “When I researched...
October 19, 2015

Student profile: Sean Doolan

For second-year MHI student Sean Doolan, a typical day begins at 7 a.m., as he wakes up, glances at his emails and reviews his work priorities for the day. He follows this with a morning run before finally settling in to begin his workday around 10 a.m. During the morning and afternoon, Sean can be found on the phone, video conferencing or email, as he chats with venture capitalists and heads of innovation at healthcare organizations all around the world. Even before graduation, Sean started to work full-time as a Network Associate with StartUp Health, a global digital health innovation...
October 16, 2015

Student profile: Wenbo Yang

For Wenbo Yang, his journey into health informatics was sparked by a desire to pursue a profession in helping others. Wenbo initially started college with a focus on pre-med: “I saw this virtue in helping others, and I saw medicine as a very humble way to pursue that.” A growing affinity for technology, however, led him to seek out a major that integrated both science and technology, and Wenbo discovered that convergence within U-M’s undergraduate bioinformatics program. “At this point, I still didn’t see public health as something that had an immediate impact as compared to medicine,” Wenbo...
October 15, 2015

Student profile: Pritika Dasgupta

With a B.S. in Biological Engineering from Cornell University and an Master of Public Health (MPH) in General Epidemiology from the University of Michigan, Pritika Dasgupta has had the opportunity to explore the biological and health fields from many perspectives – from understanding how systems work to approaching public health questions through micro- and macro-level inquiry. During her undergraduate career, Pritika completed a research internship in which she studied social media usage among students and faculty and looked at how its usage impacted academics and research. This project...