What do you hope to gain from the PPRS experience?
“Through the Public Policy Research Scholars program, I hope to gain an in-depth knowledge of the policy-making process and the economic analysis of public policy while I pursue my systems engineering major. I see strong complementarity between my engineering education and the PPRS healthcare policy education. Education toward my systems engineering degree will equip me with advanced quantitative and analytical skills that are highly pertinent to the analysis of healthcare, such as when considering large patient- or hospital-level datasets. At the same time, the policy education through the PPRS program will provide me with an essential basis for effective research; only with deep institutional knowledge of the U.S. healthcare system and understanding of the economics of healthcare delivery would I be able to conduct comprehensive research on healthcare policy. In addition to the curriculum itself, PPRS would also allow me to gain the hands-on skills needed to be successful in public policy research, such as experience through a D.C. internship and specialized practical training in statistical research software. After I graduate from the program, I hope to be at an organization such as the National Institute of Health or Mathematica Policy Research, working as a healthcare policy analyst.”
What inspired you to apply to be a Public Policy Research Scholar?
“The Public Policy Research Scholars program is truly the perfect program for me to thrive in my passion for public policy. The PPRS program provides me with an unparalleled opportunity to explore healthcare policy and its socioeconomic impact alongside my systems engineering curriculum. As a Public Policy Research Scholar, I promise to immerse myself in the program and learn from every opportunity given to me in order to come out with as much knowledge, experience, and passion for public policy as I can.”