An international student's public health career journey, with Nikita Sandeep Wagle


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In this episode, Sujani sits down with Dr. Nikita Sandeep Wagle, a physician-researcher from Mumbai, India who is currently working and studying in the US. They talk about Nikita’s experience as an international student and give advice for others who may be thinking about pursuing higher education in a different country.

You’ll Learn

  • Nikita’s journey into health care and what sparked her interest in public health
  • Nikita’s research interests and what she is currently working on
  • Why Nikita was interested in pursuing her graduate degrees in the US as opposed to other countries
  • What factors international students may want to consider when they’re thinking about pursuing higher education in the US
  • Tips from Nikita on the application process and the process of moving to a different country
  • Nikita’s experience as an international graduate student at UNC and Texas A&M
  • The importance of having a support system and building a strong network in a new country
  • Where to find academic and financial resources as an international graduate student
  • How Nikita’s Instagram page came into being and what she hopes to achieve from it

Today’s Guest

Dr. Wagle holds a PhD in Health Services Research from Texas A&M School of Public Health and a Masters Degree from Gillings School of Global Public Health, UNC-Chapel Hill. Prior to coming to the US, she practiced briefly as a Physician in India. Her research focuses on cancer health equity. She is an incoming Principal Scientist in the Department of Surveillance and Health Equity Science at the American Cancer Society.


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