Bachelor’s degree in health promotion and health equity, Certificate in Global Health, UW–Madison
Public health policy, substance use prevention, the intersection of criminal justice and public health
Expected graduation date
Why an MPA-MPH?
As someone with an interest in public health policy, I knew the MPA was the route for me. As I advanced throughout my undergraduate coursework, I knew I wanted to make a difference in this policy arena, and the MPA program allows me to supplement my public health knowledge with analytical tools. I wanted to develop my skills in public management and policy analysis to become a more competitive candidate and widen the range of my potential career opportunities.
I hope to work at the intersection of criminal justice and public health in the arena of public health policy. I am interested in working in a variety of settings including nonprofits, governmental organizations, think tanks, and more. I hope to contribute to criminal justice reform by analyzing and advocating for policy changes surrounding the health of currently and formerly incarcerated individuals.
I am currently a project assistant working on the evaluation team of the State Opioid Response grant at the UW–Madison Population Health Institute. I was drawn to this position because I wanted to improve my skills in qualitative analysis, as well as gain experience working with both the Department of Health Services and treatment and prevention facilities.
Previously, I was a teaching assistant in the Sociology Department. This was an incredible opportunity to improve my communication skills. I often struggle with efficiently translating thoughts to dialogue and this position really pushed me to grow in that area; I have so much to be thankful for in that regard. I was responsible for creating lesson plans, leading discussion sections, grading, and other administrative responsibilities.
Work with clients
Through my MPH program, I had the opportunity to do work for several real clients. In Evidence-based Decision Making (Publ Hlth 780), I had the opportunity to create a tool that would help in evaluating the effectiveness of the Marathon County OWI Treatment Court program.
Through Planning and Management to Promote Health (Publ Hlth 786), I worked with a team to apply for a grant for Vivent Health that would seek to achieve the goals of: increasing HIV self-test kit mail ordering from the Vivent Health store among rural communities in Wisconsin; increasing the number of public health education programs about HIV risk factors, prevention, and treatment; and increasing the number of HIV self-test kits follow-up consultations and appointments.