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Johnny Uelmen

Graduate Student in the MS Epidemiology program since 2014


Fond du Lac, WI


Brief Interest Statement: During my Master's at the UW, I studied climate change effects on native folivores in the southern boreal forests of North America. This really sparked my interest in the dynamics of a rapidly changing climate, especially relating to insect migrations, disease transmission, and the establishment of both to new locations.

What experiences in your life led you to study population/public health? During my Master's degree, the effects of climate change became incredibly apparent. I learned the detrimental effects carry well beyond environmental health, and that all living organisms are affected. I became incredibly interested in the dynamics and complexities of this system, and want to educate others about the urgency and severity of the consequences of climate change.

Why did you choose UW-Madison for your degree: I chose to stay at UW-Madison because of the excellence the Population Health Sciences Department maintains in critical areas of interest to me. In addition, the faculty are leaders in their fields and all place strong emphases on climate change. UW-Madison is a national leader in research, with like-minded thinkers that pave the way for endless opportunities of discovery.

What do you hope/plan to do with your degree? I am very motivated by the One-Health Initiative, and hope my future work will contribute to this. I would like to consider myself with multi-disciplinary, practicing skills in public health, environment, and incorporate teaching. Above all, I hope my work improves the well-being of human health and protects the environment.