For Courtney Chang (MPH/MBA ‘16), it was a trip to Nepal that launched her career in public health. She accompanied her father, an ophthalmologist, as he ran a cataract surgery camp in the Nepali mountains. While she had seen her father’s impact on a one-to-one scale her entire life, Chang recalls the experience seeing hundreds of patients treated at scale as “transformative.” She harnessed the awe of the economic, social, and medical systems at work and built a career in public health.
After a few years working for the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), Chang was ready to shift from policy to driving scalable interventions on the ground. She looked to the Johns Hopkins MPH/MBA for the skills to get her there.
“I wanted to continue networking and building my skills in the public health space. Adding an MBA was intriguing because I was interested in how interventions and solutions could be more market driven and sustainable with better business models,” Chang said.
Johns Hopkins was a natural fit.
“From the health space, Hopkins is a global leader,” Chang said. “I really like that a lot of people in the dual degree and other degree programs were professionals with a health background. These were the people I wanted to be surrounded by in the classroom and the networks I wanted to build for myself.”