Health and Societies Student Advisory Board

The HSOC SAB plans activities and coordinates information to support the HSOC major. Past activities have
included career panels, internship meetups, course fairs, philanthropies and social events.

HSOC SAB 2019-2020

Congratulations to our chair for 2019-2020, Isabelle Breier


Isabelle Breier ’20 (Disease and Society)

I am a junior in the College from Connecticut. I am double-majoring in HSOC (Disease and Society) and Medical Anthropology with a minor in English. When I was very young, I read books about epidemics and famous authors’ medical problems in my spare time. In high school, I chose to write a history paper about the (un)scientific calamity that was the Tuskegee Study, when many wrote more traditional (i.e. non-medical) history papers. In short, I have been interested in health and societies for as long as I can remember. Before I found the interdisciplinary field of HSOC at Penn, I dabbled across subjects, taking a brief detour as a pre-med biology major. HSOC enthralls me because it is the study of some of the most complex beings on Earth, humans, and their well-being (or lack thereof) in some of the messiest constructs on Earth, societies. My concentration provides the eagle’s-eye view of the subject. HSOC is an incredibly vital area of study and I plan to put my knowledge to work by pursuing a career in health law. I am so excited to be part of this community and the SAB! I would be happy to share my HSOC experiences or chat about ballet, music, writing, or strategic interdisciplinary dabbling in general with anyone interested.

Dorina Domi '21 (Health Policy and Law)

My name is Dorina Domi, but everyone calls me Dori. I’m a junior from Philadelphia concentrating in Health Policy and Law, with minors in French and Francophone Studies and American Public Policy. I originally entered Penn with intentions of following a pre-med track under a Biology major. However, after taking an HSOC freshman seminar, I became intrigued by this interdisciplinary approach to health. Taking more HSOC classes solidified this interest, and I knew that was what I wanted to do. After learning more through this field, I knew I wanted to make a change in the current health system, which led me to my Health Policy and Law concentration. As such, I’m super excited to serve on the SAB and really get to know and help unite the HSOC community! Feel free to reach out to me for anything, be it questions, advice, or just a nice chat! 


Tahira Islam ‘20 (Heathcare Markets and Finance)

My name is Tahira Islam, and I am a junior from Philadelphia concentrating in Healthcare Markets and Finance and minoring in Nutrition and BBB. I am really enthusiastic about the HSOC major because it looks at health through various lenses, such as looking at public health in communities, exploring health care markets, or learning about health policies. I have always been interested in health and medicine, and HSOC has allowed me to broaden that interest. This past summer I participated in clinical research in CHOP's Neurology Department exploring risk factors that increase neonates' likelihood of developing epilepsy. This experience in conjunction with my HSOC classes has encouraged me to pursue a Master's degree in public health. In the future, I hope to delve further into public health or go into healthcare management and consulting. Please feel free to reach out with any questions!

Heta Patel '21 (Global Health)

My name is Heta Patel, and I am a rising junior from Tampa, Florida majoring in Health and Societies (Global Health) and minoring in Hispanic Studies. Throughout high school, I was involved in several global health efforts, cultivating my interest in practicing medicine abroad, particularly in rural Latin America. Since my time at Penn, I have been able to involve myself in global health clubs, worked with a NGO in Peru last summer, and will be conducting an independent research project on diabetes management in rural Guatemala this summer. My specific interest lies in working with victims of violence, specifically human trafficking victims. I currently conduct human trafficking research for CHOP and have been involved in several advocacy and clinical efforts to help survivors. Being a Health and Societies major has provided me not only the worldview and skills to tackle such issues related to the social determinants of health but also a community of people passionate about making a difference. I am really excited about serving on SAB and continuing to improve the HSOC environment for all! If you have questions ranging from research to volunteering to the arts on campus, please don't hesitate to reach out.  


Neelu Paleti '21 (Health Care Markets and Finance)

My name is Neelu, and I am a rising junior from Dublin, Ohio concentrating in Healthcare Markets & Finance and minoring in statistics. Choosing to pursue an HSOC major at Penn has exposed me to the social and historical foundations upholding health around the globe today. From critiquing powerful global health institutions in history to analyzing ethnographies about the social determinants of health, I have been able to explore health at the intersections of many fields including anthropology, sociology, economics, and public policy. My interests in heath policy have led me to intern at the Center for Healthcare Innovation, where I look to integrate social work and medicine to proactively deliver mental health care. My work with an international NGO advocating for access to medicines has enabled me to attend the World Health Assembly in Geneva to promote equitable drug pricing and transparency. This summer, I hope to explore the arena of social health by studying chronic kidney disease in Sri Lanka. HSOC has given me the platform to seek unique experiences in health, and I am looking forward to developing this community and its vast opportunities for current and future students. Please reach out to chat anytime!

Ila Sethi '20 (Health Care Markets and Finance)

I’m Ila and I am a junior from New Jersey concentrating in Healthcare Markets and Finance, and minoring in Chemistry. Since coming to Penn, I became interested in looking at health from interdisciplinary point of views after participating in the Integrated Studies Program. The HSOC major recognizes that human health is far more than biology, and allows me to develop an understanding on how to improve population health from diverse angles. It has been invaluable to my understanding of patient care and medicine as a pre-med student. I am so excited to continue to explore how healthcare delivery and financing affect physician and patient behavior through my HSOC studies. Please feel free to reach out with any questions- I’m happy to chat anytime!