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David Mallinson

Graduate Student in the PhD Population Health program since 2016


Perrysburg, Ohio


Brief Interest Statement: I am a PhD student in Population Health Sciences and the data manager for the Big Data for Little Kids project (led by Deborah Ehrenthal, MD, MPH), which examines variation in prenatal care coordination across Wisconsin and investigates its association to birth outcomes and to children's school readiness in kindergarten. Prior to arriving at Wisconsin, I was a research assistant at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical practice, where my work focused on lifestyle interventions to prevent breast cancer in mid-life women. I earned my M.S. in Health Policy & Clinical Practice from Dartmouth College (2015) and my B.A. in Economics and Communication Studies from the College of Wooster (2013).

What experiences in your life led you to study population/public health? Early in my undergraduate years, I was interested in how gender and familial household structures shaped a person's perceived autonomy and how those perceptions impacted labor market participation. Following my undergraduate studies, my interests shifted from labor to healthcare access, with particular focus on women's reproductive healthcare utilization in the United States. My studies at Dartmouth provided the baseline skills to conduct healthcare research, and my education at Wisconsin will allow me to hone and apply those methods.

Why did you choose UW-Madison for your degree: I was drawn to Wisconsin's Population Health Sciences program for two primary reason: (1) its emphasis on using multi-disciplinary methods to examine the cause and impact of variation in healthcare, and (2) the opportunities to conduct research that align with my interests.

What do you hope/plan to do with your degree? I intend to pursue an academic research position upon completion of the PhD program.