MA Candidate - Social and Cultural Analysis of Public Health Practices for Underserved Korean American Communities
Aran graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a BA degree in Medicine, Science, and Humanities, focusing on history of science and Korean history. At the beginning of his undergraduate journey, Aran was actually a Biochemistry major, but after taking the class “Moral and Social Programs in Healthcare” at Northeastern University, he reflected on his own childhood experiences and how it often felt like the healthcare system failed to address the needs of his community. Along with what he learned in the classroom from his mentor, the late Susan Setta, Aran wanted to learn more about history and the medical humanities. He transferred to Johns Hopkins for his sophomore year to pursue his interests in medical humanities alongside his premed workload and working in a VCA transplant laboratory. Aran wanted to learn more about public health and continue expanding his interest in the medical humanities before applying to medical school. In Gallatin, he found a program that allows him the flexibility to take STEM courses to prepare him for medical school, but also allows him to pursue his interests on how to help marginalized communities gain better access to healthcare.