The Karolinska Institute-DIS Fellowship is a co-funded, merit-based fellowship covering tuition fees for two semesters (one academic year) to any of Karolinska Institute’s nine Global Master’s Programs. The fellowship is available annually to DIS alumni who studied in either Stockholm or Copenhagen.
Andersen studied in the Neuroscience program at DIS Copenhagen during fall 2013. Prior to starting her studies at the Karolinska Institute, she worked as a Clinical Research Assistant at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia within their Neurology Department.
This fall, as Andersen embarks on her master’s studies at the Karolinska Institute, she hopes to address health inequities, particularly based on race, class, and gender. To Andersen, pursuing studies in global health is more important than ever.
“While this is a global issue, I’ve definitely been influenced by my own experiences, facilitating comparisons between the Scandinavian health model and the United States as well as my own interactions with both health systems. I hope to always remain connected to Scandinavia. I still consider Denmark and DIS to be home and I am truly honored to have this opportunity,” said Andersen. Since she heard the news, Andersen has dedicated her time to learning Swedish.
Upon completing her studies at DIS in 2013, Andersen was a Program Assistant within the Science & Health Department at DIS Copenhagen. Among many other contributions, she was instrumental in the Science & Health course development as DIS Stockholm was opening. It is therefore only fitting that Andersen returns to Stockholm to continue her academic career. Susana Dietrich, DIS Program Director for Science & Health and faculty member, also studied at the Karolinska Institute for her master’s and has served as an important mentor to Andersen.
“During her time as an intern in the Science & Health Department, Kristen was flexible and willing to explore different approaches and points of view. Her sense of justice and equality is an integral part of how she impacts those around her and the choices she makes,” said Dietrich. “Her choosing to pursue a master’s in global health and aiming at addressing health inequities is one example of this. Above all, what makes Kristen stand out from a crowd is her interest in helping others in whatever way she can. That makes it so much more meaningful that DIS can help her achieve her goals.”
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