Department of Health Policy and Management

BSPH Alumni Profiles


Portrait of Health Policy and Management alumna Emma Din
Class of 2011
Health Development Officer
United States Agency for International Development
Leading Strategies in Poverty Prevention

As a USAID Health Development Officer, Emma Din works to prevent child and maternal deaths, control the HIV/AIDS epidemic, combat infectious diseases, and build resilient health systems worldwide.

Emma Din was a Morehead-Cain scholar who graduated with a BSPH in 2011. After completing a year-long Fulbright English Teaching Fellowship in Colombia, she joined the American Public Health Association’s Center for Public Health Policy. As a Program Associate, she supported projects on Affordable Care Act implementation, tribal health, environmental health, and Health in All Policies. Emma noted that the skills that she honed as an HPM major (critical thinking, policy and financial analysis, and public health technical knowledge) uniquely prepared her for this role.

In 2014, Ms. Din received the Payne International Development Fellowship, a program that seeks outstanding individuals who are interested in pursuing careers in USAID’s Foreign Service and only awards ten fellowships annually. As a Payne Fellow, she worked for Congresswoman Barbara Lee and the USAID Health Office in Cambodia and completed a Master’s in Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health, before officially joining USAID’s Foreign Service in 2016.