Dipa wants to pursue a career in pharmaceutical or biotech investing. She was attracted to Booth because of the interdisciplinary Certificate in Health Administration and Policy.
I started at UBS in its health care investment banking group as an analyst dealing with long-term care facilities and dental companies. I really enjoyed the industry. I wanted to make more of an impact in terms of pharmaceutical companies and biotech, so I moved to Paul Capital, a private equity fund that invests in late-stage pharmaceutical and biotech companies and products. I thought working in finance was great, but in order to be a really good investor I knew I needed to have the ability to know how to make strategic decisions. I came to Booth to develop my skills in strategy and to build a global network. I wanted to be at a place where I knew I could meet so many different kinds of people.
The Certificate in Health Administration and Policy is a joint program between the School of Social Service Administration, the Harris School of Public Policy Studies, the Law School, and Booth. What distinguished the certificate from health care programs at other schools is its interdisciplinary focus. We examine how the FDA works—how Medicaid and Medicare work—and investigate areas that you might not see in the strictly-business health care realm. Through the program, I can see the business aspect of health care, but I also get exposure to all of these other influencing factors, and I see how they work in conjunction.
The group process module in Leadership Effectiveness and Development (LEAD) gives your squad a task to complete and you are videotaped. You get to see how you interacted, how the group made decisions, and what role you really had in the group. I saw there are certain areas where I was very opinionated but didn’t need to be. I learned it’s very much about including others and making sure their opinions are heard too. I’m so glad that it happened in the beginning of the year because I was able to apply what I learned during the rest of the year.