The ongoing international discussion about health care highlights the critical importance of a deep understanding of the political, social and economic effects of providing access to those who need it. UMR students can explore the implications of the delivery of health care and can create careers based on the creation of policy that addresses societal concerns. Working with others to create social impact, health equity and environmentally responsible practice, students who complete this Career Pathway often study abroad, engage in experiential learning focused on sustainability, or complete internships in government agencies before going on to study public health, law, political science, international relations or public affairs.
Sami Johnson, ‘18
Public Policy and Global Health
Major: Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences
Hometown: Hometown: Eden Prairie, MN
Why did you choose to come to UMR? From my first college tour as a high school senior, I fell in love with the integration of health care that ran through the veins of UMR. Every course provided scientific perspective despite representing different subjects of learning. I loved the possibilities that the proximity to Mayo Clinic provided and was awed to work in collaborative labs in my second year. UMR facilitated health care-oriented experiences that I would not have had at other universities.
What did your Capstone Experience at UMR involve? My Capstone was focused on thriving within chaotic situations and using this to my advantage when pursuing emergency medicine as a career. It involved using my eclectic range of activities to exemplify my journey, including medical scribing, ballroom dancing and becoming an EMT. Through these activities, I was able to show how I capitalized upon my wide range of passions to prepare for medical school and onward.