Hedieh Mehrtash is a recipient of the Academic Year 2021-2022 Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship. The award provides undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students with financial support to develop fluency in less commonly taught languages (LCTLs) and expertise in the regions in which these languages are spoken. Click here to learn more.
I am a doctoral student pursuing my PhD in global health metrics and implementation science. During my PhD, I plan to gain the skills to generate evidence around measuring user’s experience, improving user’s expectations of healthcare quality and, testing interventions to improve user’s experience within global health systems, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The FLAS fellowship at the Center is the ideal opportunity for me to cultivate my skills by combining my doctoral training and, learning to build working relationships with my future collaborators through the Arabic language. Having a fluency in French and Farsi, the fellowship in the study of the Arabic language will provide me with the complete expertise necessary to lead an impactful portfolio of research to improve quality of care across MENA countries.
I received my MPH in Global Health and BSc in Human Physiology with a minor in French Language and Literature from Boston University.