MPH Student Earns Two Master’s Degrees Simultaneously
Dhruv Sethi, a student from Richmond, Virginia, just graduated from the online MPH@GW program in May 2017. What makes Sethi unique is that while he was completing his Master of Public Health, he was also earning his Master of Business Administration. This summer he will begin pursuing his MD. Did we mention Sethi is only 22 years old?
We spoke with Sethi to learn more about his long-term career goals, why he chose the online MPH@GW program, and what he does to achieve life balance.
Through his work, he hopes to promote and help facilitate better access of care for communities in need.
“The Milken Institute School of Public Health is a phenomenal institution with an equally phenomenal reputation,” Sethi said. “It’s an incredible opportunity to be able to work in the heart of the country where health care legislation is written. And I knew that I would benefit from the renowned faculty, strong curriculum and supportive administration.”
The flexibility of the online program appealed to Sethi because it allowed him to complete his MBA while enrolled in MPH@GW. Offered as an 18-month or accelerated one-year program, the virtual format is designed to accommodate busy students and prepare them for advanced degrees like an MD.
Sethi’s professional interests are just as diverse as his degrees. He plans to pursue a variety of career opportunities including clinical work and administration, with an emphasis on health policy and administration. Through his work, he hopes to promote and help facilitate better access of care for communities in need.
For Sethi, juggling the demands of two master’s degrees along with his personal life was a learning experience in itself. He took measures to ensure he didn’t compromise on his personal life by setting aside time for personal wellness and activities he enjoys, such as biking, weightlifting and writing Yelp reviews. Sethi loves to dish about the best places to eat in Richmond.
"I found that consistently seeking and applying the curriculum and material to real-world problems really enhanced my learning."
“At times my schedule was hectic,” he said. “But in retrospect, I am extremely appreciative of having had the opportunity to take on this challenge and come through the other side having learned an incredible amount.”
About graduating, Sethi said, “It was wonderful attending commencement weekend in May, as it gave me the chance to physically meet my peers and faculty, who made the experience in the MPH@GW program what it was.”
When asked if he had any advice for students enrolled in the program, Sethi said, “I found that consistently seeking and applying the curriculum and material to real-world problems really enhanced my learning. The curriculum in MPH@GW contains many opportunities to do this, and I found it especially valuable to understand how my education had relevance and implications in the public health space in the day-to-day around me.”