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Angelique Rwiyereka

Rwanda

MS '07, PhD '13

Serving the population by improving the public health system

Angélique K. Rwiyereka aims to rebuild the health sector in Rwanda.

As a young physician in Rwanda, Angélique K. Rwiyereka grew dissatisfied with serving just a handful of patients. She wanted to serve the entire population better by improving the public health system. Studying health care policy and management at the Heller School complemented her medical degree, and financial aid enabled her to complete Heller's MS program and doctoral coursework. While serving as the director general of the Rwanda Ministry of Health, she coordinated programs both in physician and nurse training and in hospital accreditation in an effort to rebuild the health sector badly damaged during the Rwandan genocide. She is currently working in Rwanda while finalizing her dissertation. Rwiyereka credits her medical training as well as her Heller education for her ability to contribute to Rwanda's public health system.

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