Graduate Student Spotlight

Hassan Shaikh

Hassan Shaikh

Hassan Shaikh graduated as the first BSED/MPH joint-degree student from the Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences in 2015. Following graduation he matriculated at the Duke University School of Law, where he will graduate with his J.D. in May 2018. While at Duke, Hassan has continued to pursue his passions for health by working with the Health Law Society and as an ambassador at the Duke Global Health Institute. He has spent his last two summers in both Washington D.C. working for the Department of State’s White House Liaison, and in New York City at the international law firm Kirkland & Ellis. He will return to Kirkland & Ellis as a full-time associate following his law school graduation.

This upcoming May I will be graduating from the Duke University School of Law, but this is a feat I would not have been able to accomplish absent my experiences at Baylor. In fact, during my time here, I have often found that the nurturing nature of Baylor’s professors and the community that we created in our HHPR program (now the Public Health Department) helped me succeed here. Because I had found my ideal environment for success at Baylor, I was able to recreate that environment here at Duke. I found caring teachers, an encouraging community, and a cohort filled with brilliant, ambitious peers—just like at Baylor. The experiences in the joint degree provided me with a toolbox filled with tools that included research and writing skills, a hunger for helping educate others, and the confidence to continue pursuing my goals.