Alumni of the PhD Population Health program since 2013
Areas of interest within Population Health: Bio-psychosocial determinants of health, healthcare disparities, health policy, chronic disease epidemiology
Brief Interest Statement: Lauren holds a bachelor’s degree in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles. As an undergraduate, Lauren assisted in stroke research at the UCLA Medical Center and earned an internship with the American Heart Association, conducting research on a novel MRI sequence used for diagnostic imaging of the carotid arteries. After graduating, she worked as a clinical research coordinator for an orthopedic surgeon in Los Angeles.
What experiences in your life led you to study population/public health? Lauren served as the Legislative Affairs Action Committee Chair for the undergraduate American Medical Student Association at UCLA, where she took an activate role in lobbying for a California senate bill supporting single payer healthcare. Her experience working to support state sponsored universal healthcare strongly influenced her desire to study health policy and the multiple determinants of health.
Why did you choose UW-Madison for your degree? Lauren was attracted to the unique curriculum and interdisciplinary approach in the population health program at UW-Madison.
Research Interests: Lauren Wisk is a PhD candidate in the Population Health Sciences Graduate Program. She received her BS in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2008. Prior to joining the graduate program, Lauren worked as a clinical research coordinator for an orthopedic surgeon at the Joint Replacement Institute in Los Angeles, CA. Her research interests include investigating the measurement of barriers and facilitators of access to healthcare, and how those determinants of healthcare access influence timely and appropriate healthcare utilization and health outcomes, specifically among families with children. She is also interested in research that focuses on access to specific healthcare services, such as vaccinations and diabetes care, among vulnerable populations, the correlation of healthcare utilization and outcomes within families, and time trends in disparities in access to care.
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