Chelsea Merriman and Carrie Gates | Dec. 17, 2013 | Notre Dame College of Arts and Letters
Notre Dame junior Farrell Sheehan is a pre-medicine major with minors in theology and in Brazilian and Portuguese studies who doesn’t believe in the term “limits.”
A Hesburgh-Yusko scholar from Rockville, Md., Sheehan is passionate about researching global health issues and exploring Latin American languages and cultures. In less than three years at the University, he has already gained experience learning, serving, and working in Chile, the Dominican Republic, Brazil, and Spain.
“I’ve always been interested in health disparities—the differences in health outcomes based on social factors of income, race, where people live,” Sheehan says.
“When I went to Brazil I was able to use my Portuguese and look at the disparities within the public health system, comparing the private and the public systems.”
Brazil is particularly comparable to the United States because of its size and population, Sheehan notes. With 180 million people participating, Brazil has one of the largest free health care systems in the world.