Anu Aryal, MPH, is a graduate student researcher at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research (CHPR) and a doctoral student in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. At UCLA CHPR, she supports primary investigators at the Center with data management, literature review, and manuscript preparation. Her research focuses on financing chronic diseases in low-resource settings and maximizing the use of the primary health care system to improve the health outcomes of vulnerable populations. She strongly advocates building policies and programs to strengthen health systems that are accessible, affordable, and culturally appropriate to serve the marginalized population.

Before starting her doctoral program, Aryal worked as a program research specialist in the Bureau of Chronic Disease Evaluation and Research at the New York State Department of Health, Albany. She brings six years of experience working with grassroots nonprofits, government, and research institutes in Nepal and the U.S.

Aryal has an MPH in global health from the University of Washington, Seattle, which was funded through the Fulbright program. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Nepal.