Sahil Sandhu

Newcastle University Postgraduate Award, Newcastle University - Public Health

Originally from California, Sahil recently graduated from Duke University with a self-designed bachelor’s degree in health innovation. He first became interested in healthcare after traveling to Western Kenya to help deliver an HIV prevention intervention. Since then, he has worked on various local and global health innovation research projects, ranging from artificial intelligence tools to new healthcare payment models. Sahil’s particular passion has been on the social determinants of health. While at Duke, he founded a program to help patients connect to community resources for their unmet social needs like food and housing. He wrote his thesis on workforce models to identify and respond to patients’ basic needs. At Newcastle University, he will pursue an MSc in Health Services Research to learn more about the U.K.’s innovative models to integrate health and social services. Long term, Sahil plans to attend medical school in the U.S., with the goal of pursuing a career at the intersection of medicine, health policy, and innovation. In Newcastle, he is also looking forward to living less than ten miles away from the sea and the opportunity to play “real tennis” – a 16th-century precursor to modern tennis originating in England.