Meet Laura Ancco-Bakri

INDS B.A.: Accessibility to Holistic Care

Fall 2023 Capstone

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My INDS Degree

I chose to major in INDS because I wished to invest in a degree that would both interest and challenge me. My future goal is to establish a health center that is both financially accessible and patient-centered. However, I felt the required courses for pre-med students would not fully facilitate my understanding of the intersectionality between social factors, health, and healthcare. Through INDS, I have been able to tailor a degree that has allowed me to prepare for medical school as well as my future long-term goals.

Degree Mentors

  • Jayshree Jani, Social Work
  • Rhonique Shields, Holy Cross Health Network
  • Steven McAlpine, Individualized Study

Post Graduation Plans

After graduation, I plan to matriculate into medical school with a focus on pursuing a combined MD/MPH degree. During my academic journey, I have developed a strong foundation in
understanding the disciplines of cultural competency and holistic care, which I intend to apply to my future endeavors in healthcare. Looking ahead, my goal is to continue nurturing
the skills and knowledge I have acquired through my INDS degree. In the long run, I hope to be able to address diverse patient needs and provide patient-centered care at my future
health center.

Courses In My INDS Degree

Biological Processes of the human body: These courses will enable me to explain basic principles to patients that impact their health all the while fulfilling my pre-medical school requirements.

(BIOL 302,303L,307 / CHEM 437 / PSYC 375,335)

Understanding the Healthcare System: These courses will enlighten me on the relationship between social factors and human behavior and how these interactions affect an individual’s access to health care.

(SOCY 351 / PBHL 452 / SOWK 260)

Intercultural Communication in Health care: These courses will prepare me to take a holistic approach when interacting with non-native English speakers by exposing me to facets of intercultural communication.

(SOWK 374 / MLL. 305,306 / SOCY 300)

Individualized Study: These courses will help me integrate and identify disciplines related to my degree, as well as prepare me for my capstone project.

(INDS 330, 335, 410, 430, 480, 490)