Student Profiles

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...