Brandeis gave Danielle Gaskin ’18 a bird’s-eye view on global health

Even before she arrived on campus via Laurel, Maryland in the fall of 2014, Danielle Gaskin ’18 knew she wanted to pursue a career in public health, though Brandeis widened her perspective more than expected.

The now-senior and Health: Science, Society and Policy (HSSP) and International and Global Studies (IGS) double-major has certainly stuck with her plan: she will graduate in May and then work toward a PhD in either International Health or Population and Family Health.

“I actually came to Brandeis for the HSSP program,” Gaskin said. “I also knew I wanted to go into Global Studies, so the interdisciplinary factor to HSSP really stuck out to me. I think public health is very collaborative, so it was interesting to see how you could encompass health courses at Brandeis with sociology, anthropology and international relations.”

The number of options in front of Gaskin prompted her to think differently about what a career in public health might look like. Originally, she considered the premed track.

But Gaskin made up her mind as a first-year when, for one week in April, she participated in Global Medical Brigades in Honduras, where she worked alongside doctors to help provide medical care to local people.

“I wanted to see what interventions I could make as a full-time physician, but Medical Brigades taught me that for my personality, being a doctor would be very limiting,” Gaskin said.

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Categories: Bold, Students
Date: February 21, 2018