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Miranda McElligott

Graduate Student in the PhD Epidemiology program since 2013


Ione, Oregon


Interest Statement: I am an MS student in Population Health, currently working in Infection Prevention in Madison, WI. I graduated in 2004 with B.A. in Physics from Macalester College and obtained a B.S. in Nursing from Edgewood College in 2010. In 2011 I began work in Infection Prevention, where I discovered an interest in infectious diseases and their control as well as an interest in improving the quality of life of the frail elderly and improving their ability to age healthily.

Why did you choose UW-Madison for your degree? I chose UW-Madison because of its reputation, its faculty/staff and its excellent location.

What do you hope/plan to do with your degree? I hope to conduct research on healthcare-acquired infections in long-term care settings. I also have an interest in developing health and healthcare policy in the interests of promoting health, especially among the growing geriatric population in the United States. A common complaint in the long-term care community is a lack of resources and tools, and research aimed at confronting these concerns has the potential to have wide-ranging impact.