May graduate earns public health degree as foundation for career in medicine

Madison Petersen graduated in May with a B.S. in Public Health. Next she’s headed to Rocky Vista University to complete a master’s degree in biomedical sciences.

At South Carolina, she gained research experience with the Arnold Childhood Obesity Initiative and UofSC Connect Lab. She also participated in the National Cancer Institute-funded Cancer Education Program at the University of Louisville.

“My research experiences have ranged from examining prognostic features for diagnosing/staging colon cancer to improving healthy eating and physical activity habits for younger children to reduce morbidity/mortality later in life,” Petersen says. “Honestly, anything in public health I feel like you could spend a lifetime researching!”

Petersen’s research experience helped her earn Graduation with Leadership Distinction in Research.

After graduate school, Petersen aims to become an osteopathic physician and integrate her public health knowledge.

Read the full story, written by Erin Bluvas, on the Arnold School of Public Health website.

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