International Health Major Maximizes Time at Georgetown to Improve Health Globally

JULY 13, 2015 – After a semester abroad in Ecuador, Lindsay Horikoshi (NHS’16) is spending her summer interning at Booz Allen Hamilton, where she helps map disease pathways and works toward building a model that predicts disease outbreaks and their movement.

Horikoshi, an international health major at the School of Nursing & Health Studies, drew from her upbringing as a Girl Scout when choosing her course of study.

“I wanted to study something that would connect me to disparate parts of the global network and pursue a career in which I could make the world a better place,” she says.

Horikoshi is also driven by a desire to acquire a technical expertise that she can utilize on a global scale. This motivation informed her decision to also minor in Spanish, which enabled her to fully immerse herself during her time in Ecuador.

Faith-Based Perspectives

Entering Georgetown, Horikoshi enjoyed the interdisciplinary nature of the international health major, which has encouraged the integration of language and area studies into her studies and given her access to professors who are experts in the field.

Towards the end of her first year, Horikoshi joined the World Faiths Development Dialogue at Georgetown. Later, in the midst of the Ebola outbreak, she tracked the work of faith-based organizations, which were experiencing success in their local outreach efforts. She helped to organize a consultation at the World Bank.

“Through this experience, I have been able to learn about the critical roles that faith-based organizations and faith actors play in the health sector in developing countries,” she says.

Future Plans 

In Ecuador, Horikoshi also interned in the Public Affairs Section at the United States Embassy and gained a deeper understanding of the work of Foreign Service Officers and their efforts to promote U.S. strategic priorities around the world.

Horikoshi has ambitious plans for the next year. This fall, she will be interning at an international health consulting group and complementing these experiences with coursework in a seminar offered jointly through the Department of Health Systems Administration and the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown Law.

Additionally, after conversations with her professors, experiences at home and abroad, and intensive coursework, Horikoshi has been selected to become the first student to participate in the five-year BS in international health/MS in global health program—which she will begin in the fall.

She will concentrate on honing her skill set in policy and research for a health development career in the public or private sector. 

By Celeste Chen (C’14, G’16)

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