Risa - Master’s in Public Health Sciences
Risa is an international student and digital ambassador at Karolinska Institutet (KI). Do you have questions about student life at KI? Send her an email or read her blog.
Hej! My name is Risa, a Japanese master’s student in public health sciences starting my studies in 2023 at Karolinska Institutet. I recently moved back to Stockholm where I grew up, after spending some time in both Southern California, where I obtained a bachelor’s of science in anthropology with a minor in global health, and Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, where I worked for a federal agency and a local non-profit organization.
Despite finding a home in the sun-kissed, tropical locations surrounded by warm, turquoise waters in recent years, attending KI has always been a part of my future plans. Ever since learning about the late Professor Hans Rosling, a former professor at KI, in middle school, I slowly found myself drawn to public health. My interest grew in my teenage years, as I discovered that health promotion is not limited to the clinical field but rather, it can be enhanced by integrating multiple disciplines, using public health as a bridge between these fields.
With my passion for using a multidisciplinary approach, finding comfort in collaborating with global peers, and a small push from close friends attending KI, it felt like a natural step for me to apply to KI.
In my free time, I enjoy curating playlists and going on scenic walks! A fun fact is that I’m fond of banana and curry pizza.