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Maria Kamenetsky

Graduate Student in the PhD Population Health program since 2016


Arlington Heights, Illinois


Brief Interest Statement: I am a first-year PhD student in the Population Health Sciences program. I recently finished my Masters in Statistics (also here at the University of Wisconsin-Madison) and hope to apply those skills to interdisciplinary work in population health and spatial epidemiology.

What experiences in your life led you to study population/public health? I have always been interested in using data and sound methodology to address social and health issues and have worked on developing those skills since finishing my undergraduate degree (also at UW-Madison). Through a research assistantship, I was introduced to spatial statistics in public health and the concepts of population health and health determinants. I applied here because Population Health allows for the undertaking of interdisciplinary work and to merge my interests in statistics, health determinants, and policy.

Why did you choose UW-Madison for your degree: Having attended as an undergraduate and master's student, I know the rigor of coursework, supportive faculty and community, and many resources available to students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Additionally, I wanted to continue developing my research skills and work with interdisciplinary faculty here at UW.