Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Tasmeen Hussain combines her love of public health and technology

Tasmeen Hussain, a second-year medical student, was first attracted to Feinberg because of the MD and Masters in Public Health Combined Degree program, and the opportunities available in an urban environment.

As an undergraduate, she was drawn to career in clinical medicine through her work with a volunteer group focused on the social determinants of health and exposing underserved groups to resources to better their health.

“I wanted to carry on learning more about bettering the urban environment. I think the best way to do that is to work, learn and exist where it’s happening,” said Hussain.

Tassmeen Hussain works with classmates Matt Antalek (left) and Anthony Gacita (right) on the SynapseGarden, an app they developed for Feinberg students use to write questions for each other that they can then use to practice for tests.

Tassmeen Hussain works with classmates Matt Antalek (left) and Anthony Gacita (right) on the SynapseGarden, an app they developed for Feinberg students use to write questions for each other that they can then use to practice for tests.

Hussain said she was impressed by Feinberg’s unique curriculum, opportunities for research and extensive clinical experience.

“It’s hard for me to imagine a more clinically relevant curriculum. I think the Education Centered Medical Home and Individual Preceptor programs cater to each student so specifically and emphasize right away that your patient is your first priority,” she said.

In addition to her coursework and clinical experience, Hussain combines her love of mathematics, bioinformatics and public health in her MPH research. With a fellow classmate and Abel Kho, MD, director of the Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM)  she is working to create a grocery delivery service app for underserved areas that integrates nutrition data.

“If you have an interest, the physicians, faculty and deans here will really work with you to put something together that doesn’t just interest you – but will also shape your career,” Hussain said.

Tasmeen Hussain

“I think one really great thing about Feinberg is the curriculum really lends itself to collaboration and working, playing and learning with your classmates.”