Amer Mikail Dastgir
SM student, Department of Global Health and Population
Born in Bangladesh, Mikail attended school in Swaziland where his community service experience with homeless, HIV-positive children motivated him to pursue an undergraduate degree in international politics and economics. He then joined the World Bank’s Junior Professional Associate Program, working under the guidance of his supervisor on projects related to HIV/AIDS and maternal and newborn health in Swaziland and Lesotho. Through this opportunity, Mikail gained invaluable practical experience in the various stages of project design, implementation, and evaluation. Mikail’s mentor also gave him some career advice: Rather than pursue an advanced degree in international development, he should consider the more specialized skill set that could be gained by pursuing a graduate program in international public health.
At HSPH, Mikail has focused on two interdisciplinary concentrations — Epidemiology of Infectious Disease and Maternal and Child Health — each offering a career-oriented curriculum. For his summer internship, Mikail traveled to Angola to work on a World Bank project relating to the rehabilitation of health services and facilities destroyed during the civil war, with an emphasis on strengthening maternal and child health outcomes.
Mikail is committed to continuing his work in sub-Saharan Africa. He hopes to join an organization through which he can engage in on-the-ground project management and implementation of interventions.