Recent North­eastern grad­uate Jeff Cumplido is on a mis­sion to bring health care to the most impov­er­ished coun­tries in the world.

I want to make sure that acces­si­bility to health care is improved through ini­tia­tives that I start,” said Cumplido, who grad­u­ated ear­lier this month with a degree in biology. “Health is the base­line for everything.”

Cumplido, who will enroll in Tufts Uni­ver­sity School of Med­i­cine in the fall, hopes to address health dis­par­i­ties among minority pop­u­la­tions as well as the inte­gra­tion of eco­nomic devel­op­ment and health care.

He cred­ited his expe­ri­en­tial learning oppor­tu­ni­ties at North­eastern for attuning him with this career path, and pointed to his work with the University’s Social Enter­prise Insti­tute as the No. 1 reason for his under­grad­uate success.

The insti­tute gives stu­dents the oppor­tu­nity to become glob­ally aware busi­ness leaders, by enabling them to help build micro-​​enterprises that cater to the poor in devel­oping countries.

Dennis Shaugh­nessy, founder and director of the insti­tute, rec­og­nized Cumplido’s com­mit­ment to social entre­pre­neur­ship by awarding the recent grad­uate a $10,000 schol­ar­ship to sup­port his con­tinued edu­ca­tion at Tufts.

At North­eastern, Cumplido led a number of the institute’s key ini­tia­tives, including its first field study pro­gram to the Dominican Republic. He exam­ined the suc­cess of a micro-​​finance pro­gram for impov­er­ished small busi­ness owners, wit­nessing the power of using busi­ness prin­ci­pals to solve some of the world’s most pressing social prob­lems, such as poverty and health dis­par­i­ties, and learning “more in four weeks than I ever had before,” he said.

Two years ago, he helped found North­eastern DRYVE (Dis­trib­uting Resources to Youth through Vol­un­teer Efforts), a student-​​run orga­ni­za­tion that aims to improve the lives of under­priv­i­leged youth worldwide.

In March, he led a DRYVE team to Los Alar­izzos, Dominican Republic, where they rebuilt a pri­vate school for undoc­u­mented Haitian chil­dren and stocked it with donated school supplies.

Cumplido noted that the orga­ni­za­tion plans to expand its focus to include a pro­gram on addressing health-​​related issues in impov­er­ished countries.

For someone who names Dr. Paul Farmer —cofounder of the inter­na­tional health and social jus­tice orga­ni­za­tion Part­ners in Health — as one of his heroes, Cumplido has set the bar high. But with Northeastern’s help, he’s pre­pared to leave his human­i­tarian mark on the world.

My expe­ri­en­tial edu­ca­tion at North­eastern has taught me how to teach myself and be inde­pen­dent,” he said.