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Christine McWilliams

Graduate Student in the PhD Epidemiology program since 2014


Cuba City, WI


Brief Interest Statement: I received my Master of Public Health from Portland State University and have a decade of professional experience with research and evaluation. I have worked most on design and oversight of primary data collection projects, specifically participant recruitment, biological sample collection, and Internal Review Board applications.

I am broadly interested in sexual and reproductive health and my current research focuses on the role of future orientation in contraceptive behavior and early childbearing.

What experiences in your life led you to study population/public health? I have always been interested in the way human biology intersects with social factors and public health is right at that intersection. I am also typically drawn to issues that disproportionately affect women and girls. My early career work in research led me to my MPH training and I have had the opportunity to work on many exciting research projects since then. My motivation for pursuing a PhD after many years in research was to learn the methods and content expertise necessary to conduct my own research.

Why did you choose UW-Madison for your degree: I love it here! UW-Madison is one of the best research universities in the world and the Population Health Sciences faculty are fantastic. I grew up in Wisconsin and always knew I wanted to go to school here. It doesn't hurt that Madison is a great place to live and work.

What do you hope/plan to do with your degree? I hope to conduct research that can improve health and well-being, especially among underrepresented and marginalized communities.