Parul KashyapHealth Sector MBA+ MPH Healthcare Innovation & Equity | Provider Solutions at Amwell
“I was looking for a small tight-knit community, and I wanted to be in Boston—the mecca of healthcare and innovation in emerging markets.”
Creating value for the world. That’s Questrom’s vision, and it’s shared by Parul Kashyap, whose professional career has been guided by altruism. From Honduras to Tanzania to Boston, Parul has demonstrated a commitment to helping others live healthier, happier lives.
During Questrom’s Admit Weekend, when Dean Freeman stated the school’s mission, Parul knew she “had to come here.” In addition to seeking a program that shared her values, “I was looking for a small tight-knit community. I wanted to be in Boston – the mecca of healthcare and innovation in emerging markets.”
Parul received her undergraduate degree in Public Health Policy from UC Irvine and then worked in operations and project management at a biotech startup in Silicon Valley. She followed that with public health interventions in Honduras, then headed to Tanzania to work in mobile health product development and supply chain operations.
“With a professional background in international and domestic healthcare industries, I yearned to be an effective advocate for healthcare access and equity around the world." That led her to choose the Health Sector MBA + MPH dual-degree program, which would equip her with the skills, network, and empathy to promote healthcare innovation.
Parul’s most thrilling Questrom moment was her Module 3 team experience when MBA students pair with real clients to solve challenges facing their organizations. Parul’s team worked with the City of Boston to grow the city’s role in the autonomous vehicle market. “Our team started off as a bunch of strangers from all over the world—Thailand, China, the Netherlands, California—and ended as a unified team that won the Best of the Best competition."
She also planned a spring-break consulting trip to Guatemala for 30 of her MBA classmates where she relished the opportunity to help local social entrepreneurs tackle their toughest business challenge.
Her internship reconnected her to Tanzania, where she worked with Totohealth Tanzania, a social enterprise focusing on mobile health services for mothers and newborns. Through projects in product development, supply chain operations, business development and fundraising, Parul learned about the private-public partnership space in East Africa and best practices in stakeholder engagement and social entrepreneurship.
After Questrom, Parul would like to join a boutique firm to consult on design thinking for healthcare and digital innovation in emerging markets—just a couple of ways she can continue creating value for the world.