Until he went to Kenya for his summer internship, Kevin Ho had a hard time believing that people would drink muddy water or use their mosquito bed nets for fishing or as a decoration.
Kevin first discovered public health in a class he took a class with Dr. Howard Forman. Majoring in Ethics, Policy and Economics for his undergraduate degree, he is now in the Department of Health Policy and Management as well as the Global Health Concentration and is particularly interested in the misalignment of incentives in health care. “The consumer is not making the informed decision; the doctor is, but he’s not paying for it. The insurance company is.” There has to be checks on each party for the market to be efficient, says Kevin.
The Yale School of Public Health internship took Kevin to Nairobi, where he worked as a lobbyist and data analyst for Vestergaard Frandsen, a Danish company that makes the LifeStraw portable water filtration devise and insecticide-treated mosquito bed nets. The Kenyan government is writing its first household water treatment policy and the opportunity to shape that was exciting, says Kevin.
After graduation, Kevin already has a consulting job waiting for him at Bain & Company, a global management consulting group.
The Alumni Fund supports Kevin’s studies at the Yale School of Public Health.