My name is Tinotenda Kuretu, I am an aspiring global health and development economics researcher from Harare, Zimbabwe. I am a junior majoring in Development and Public Economics and minoring in Global Health. I am interested in one day helping developing nations escape health-based poverty traps through innovative and sustainable public health, public policy, and economic solutions. To prepare myself for this task, as an E.E. Just scholar, I have pursued wide-ranging academic and research experiences. In my freshman year, I worked in an antifungal drug discovery lab at the Veterans Affairs Hospital with a Giesel professor and in a biomass systems lab at Thayer.
In my sophomore year, I developed a great interest in development and public economics. And, given my sustained interest in global and public health, I started looking for opportunities that lie at the intersection of these two fields. After conversations with several Dartmouth, Tuck, and TDI professors, I, fortunately, started research work with Dr. Carrie Colla, a professor at The Dartmouth Institute of Health of Policy and Clinical Practice. My research with Professor Colla investigates the health economics of low-value care focusing on opioid prescribing practices and explores intervention methods that can be used to reduce low-value care in the U.S.
The E.E. Just Program has provided the Dartmouth experience I imagined when I was in Zimbabwe, and I hope to use the experiences that the program has provided me very soon in graduate school as a Ph.D. student.