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)

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)

Neelu Paleti '21 (Health Care Markets and Finance)

Ila Sethi '20 (Health Care Markets and Finance)