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.
Ashlyn Stenberg, ‘19
Public Policy and Global Health
Major: Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences
Hometown: Hometown: East Troy, WI
What did your Capstone Experience at UMR involve? My Capstone started with becoming a CDC Public Health Scholar. I received public health leadership training that focused on maternal and child health, social determinants of health, eliminating health disparities and developmental disabilities alongside a cohort. I also completed two semesters of coursework at the UMN Twin Cities campus focusing on social determinants of health and intersections of race, class, gender and sexuality.
How did your Capstone experience prepare you for your future in what you’re currently doing? My Capstone prepared me to think on a systems-level. It also gave me a better understanding of what health is and how much social, environmental and historical factors determine the health of our communities and overall well-being. I would also like to say a few words of appreciation for Dr. Osiecki and Dr. Barnett whose support and expertise also greatly influenced me as a learner.