Sapna Amin

Class Year: 

1998
Hometown: Houston, Texas, USA

Language: 

French

After coming back from 3 months in Kenya where she worked in an HIV clinic, the various pieces of Sapna's education finally seemed to fit together perfectly.  Fifteen years earlier, she had chosen the brand new Huntsman Program (then called the International Studies Program) because it integrated all of the subjects she was keen to study in college—economics, advanced French, international relations and most of all, an immersion study abroad program. Being able to study and integrate two very different disciplines suited Sapna's personality and learning style. Being part of a small cohort throughout the four years was great academic support and remains one of the more memorable parts of the program.

Sapna serves as the alumni representative for her class which has kept her in touch with classmates from the "pilot" class of 1998, several of whom remain her close friends. Though she had an unintended career plan change during the end of her sophomore year to medicine, 10 years later, she cites the Huntsman program as an invaluable early foundation for a career in global public health because it taught her to understand, analyze and compare systems through coursework in history, public policy and health care management.  This perspective on policy issues and sound education in business skills gave her an important background for today's world of medicine. Sapna's work in infectious diseases focuses on HIV and international health and she feels well-prepared to meet the time-sensitive challenges of health program development in resource-limited settings.