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Heather LangermanHeather Langerman

Daytime MBA | Class of 2015

 

I grew up in New Jersey and went to Northwestern for undergrad, where I studied Social Policy and Spanish. After college, I spent a year as an AmeriCorps volunteer and three years doing healthcare policy research in Washington, DC, for NORC, a contractor to the Department of Health and Human Services. My time in DC cemented my interest in a career in healthcare, and I came to Fuqua to pursue the Health Sector Management (HSM) certificate and learn business fundamentals that I can apply to a career in healthcare management.

In my first year at Fuqua I enjoyed taking advantage of the HSM program to learn about the different aspects of our healthcare system, such as the provider, payer, biotech/pharma and medical device spaces. I also participated in the Fuqua Client Consulting Practicum (FCCP) where I completed a project for a small rural hospital. My summer internship was at Cardinal Health in Columbus, OH. There, I had a fantastic experience working on the corporate strategy team on a healthcare analytics project.

In my spare time, I love being outdoors. One of my favorite places in Durham is the Al Buehler trail, a 3-mile loop next to campus. In my first year of Fuqua, I had the opportunity to challenge myself to complete a week-long back-country ski trip with Duke BOLD, a student-led outdoor adventure group (read about that experience here).

Fuqua Activities: Now in my second year, I serve as the co-president of the Healthcare Club, where I oversee club activities including the Healthcare Career Symposium and Healthcare Conference. One of our goals in this year is to develop deeper relationships with the Duke medical and Durham communities, an exciting opportunity for me and the club in general. I am also an active member of the Association of Women in Business. In my first year, I helped to organize panels for prospective students as an Admissions Ambassador and was the Community Service Chair for my section.

 

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