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Princess Osita-Oleribe

Nigeria

MBA/MS '15

Dual MBA/MS candidate passionate about improving health systems

Princess Osita-Oleribe gains skills to affect health policy in Nigeria

After studying biochemistry at a university in her native Nigeria, Princess Osita-Oleribe served in the country’s National Youth Service Corps. She describes her work with organizations that provided treatment support for people living with HIV/AIDS as a formative experience. Specifically, Princess was in charge of the medical community development service team. She conducted medical outreach and worked on health promotion and sensitization campaigns. “I was driven by a desire to make positive, long-lasting change during my service,” Princess says.

After her time in the National Youth Service Corps ended, Princess continued to work in the planning and implementation of global health programs that provide treatment support services for people living with HIV/AIDS. Her passion for health services brought her to Heller, where she initially enrolled in the MS in International Health Policy and Management program and then joined the MBA program as a dual degree student. Her goal was to gain a robust set of tools for both health systems improvement and management that she could employ in her career in Nigeria.

At Heller, Princess enjoys the small class sizes and the accessibility of professors. Furthermore, she had the opportunity to gain teamwork experience in a diverse community. “It can be challenging,” admitted Princess, “but when we collaborate, we come to the best solutions.”

Princess worked as a Heller research assistant, an experience that provided her with vital experience in cleaning, sorting and analyzing data. After graduating with her MS and MBA degrees, Princess will return to Nigeria, where she wants to work on health research that will inform policy development.

While at Brandeis, Princess led the Brandeis Graduate Christian Fellowship. She also served as a Senator for the Graduate Student Association, where she worked to give a voice to the students at Heller in the greater Brandeis community.

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