Hails from Colorado
International Political Economy
Colorado College, 2016
My name is Ian Pelto. I am a Colorado native and have spent very little time on the east coast, so moving to Massachusetts will be an exciting new experience. I graduated from Colorado College in 2016 with a major in international political economy and a minor in biochemistry. I’ve always known I wanted to work in health care, so following graduation worked for a health policy consulting company called the Colorado Health Institute as a research analyst. My work included consulting with hospitals, insurance companies, and public health agencies on everything from financial modeling to immunization campaigns.
Much of my interest in infectious disease comes from traveling and seeing first-hand the horrors that diseases like malaria and HIV/AIDS can inflict on communities around the world. Combined with the abysmal immunization rates in our own country, and Ebola coming back in the DRC, this is a field that will need committed professionals for years to come. I am especially excited for the applications of this program in the field of biodefense. After completing the MS-IDGH program I hope to attend medical school to pursue the field of infectious disease as a physician.
Outside of school I enjoy hiking, biking, climbing, and skiing. I’m looking forward to exploring the outdoors outside of Colorado! Unfortunately, I move and travel a lot. Last year I left my job at the Colorado Health Institute to ride a motorcycle from Denver to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, and then to Ushuaia, Argentina. I crossed 15 countries and rode 26,500 miles in five and a half months. It was a crazy experience, and many of the things I saw along the road helped lead me to this program!