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Suparna Bandyopadhyay

Suparna Bandyopadhyay
Major: 
Biology
BDP Certificate: 
Social Inequality, Health & Policy
Graduation: 
Spring 2011

I am pursuing a master’s of public health degree in health law, bioethics, and human rights at Boston University.

Location: Boston, MA

“My BDP experience allowed me to understand how other factors (economic, social, etc.) can impact the health of an individual and a community.”

Discuss your general career path since graduating from UT.

After graduating from UT, I spent a year working for AdviseTX as a college advisor. I worked with low-income, first-generation students by helping them navigate the complex college admissions process. As much as I enjoyed working in education, my primary interests were in the health care field. I applied to several graduate schools and decided to enroll at Boston University. Ultimately, I am looking for career opportunities that combine both health and education.

How did your BDP experience influence your career path and interests?

As a biology major, I had a tendency to approach problems through a scientific lens. My primary interest was medicine. I wanted to go to medical school to learn how to cure diseases. My BDP experience allowed me to understand how other factors (economic, social, etc.) can impact the health of an individual and a community. After completing my BDP certificate, I became more interested in pursuing public health because I could help prevent disease on a much greater scale.

What do you value most about your BDP experience?

My BDP experience introduced me to the non-medical side of health care. Through my coursework and internships, I was able to see the huge disparity that exists in the U.S. health care system. My initial plan after college was to go to medical school and work abroad as a physician, but after my BDP experience I decided to pursue an MPH and work with domestic issues, such as increasing health care access to low-income citizens.