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Tell us what did you study?

Before coming to USC (University of Southern California) to pursue a Master’s in Healthcare Decision Analysis, i completed my Bachelor’s and Master’s in Pharmacy from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (BPharm.) and JSS College of Pharmacy, JSS University, Mysore, India respectively

Why did you pursue the HCDA program at USC? How did you end up in such an offbeat, unconventional and uncommon career?

I have always been fascinated by the degree of innovation in healthcare, but I have realized that there are increasing challenges in the access and delivery of products and services across the globe. I am passionate about the value, access, and delivery of innovative therapeutic agents that improve the health and well-being of patients. Professionally, I wanted to pursue a career that is dedicated to bringing great value to the healthcare system. My goal was to improve decision making and problem-solving skills and leverage these skills to identify and resolve complex business problems by concentrating on the bigger picture. The HCDA program at the USC drew my attention as it a unique program that helps meet the demands of the global healthcare systems, and it incorporates the pillars of value and access – health economics, market access, and pricing and reimbursement.

How has your USC HCDA experience shaped your success?

Joining the HCDA program at the USC was the wisest decision I have made. The HCDA is one of a kind program that provided me with the concepts and tools to understand the dynamics of the global healthcare systems from the perspective of value, access, and delivery of healthcare services. The lectures from various experts in pharma/biotech, medical devices, consulting, managed care, and PBMs were fascinating as they focused on the real-world business problems and solutions, to succeed in the challenging global healthcare market. In this program, I have developed my technical skills, and strategic and analytical abilities, to bridge the gap between drug development and commercialization. The course material and the adult learning techniques were very helpful to solve various case study exercises drawn from the real-world business scenarios.

Where is your career headed? What do you hope to achieve professionally?

I am currently working in a Management Consulting company, Analysis Group, as a Senior Medical Communications Specialist – Market Access and Healthcare Strategy. It is an exciting time to be in the Health Economics and Market Access as the payers are increasingly demanding for more value of the drugs. Incorporating market access strategy early on in the clinical development is crucial to the successful launch and commercialization of drugs. To achieve this, there needs to be interplay between clinical development, health economics, and market access teams to generate the evidence of value throughout the lifecycle of a product.

I foresee the increasing healthcare costs and challenging payer demands, and hence down the road, I would like to continue my professional career in the health economics and market access space to meet the demands of the global healthcare systems.