Meet Public Health Genetics Alum Samantha Pettersen


Samantha Pettersen graduated with her MPH in public health genetics in the spring of 2022. 

What does public health genetics mean to you?

I think public health genetics is working toward finding and explaining the genetic factors behind health in the population. As it is a new(ish) field I am proud to be a part of the work to bring attention to an integral part of public health.

What areas of public health genetics are of interest to you?

I most interested in both the areas of ethics and policy within public health genetics.

What will you be doing/have you done as a practicum during the MPH Public Health Genetics Program?

My practicum was with the National Coordinating Center of the Regional Genetics Networks. I helped update their Medicaid Genetic Testing Policies Resource so that the public and practitioners can better understand coverage for genetic testing.

Do you have a recommendation for a resource/podcast/book/article for someone who might be interested in learning more about public health genetics?

Currently, Haley Director and I are working towards educating the public through social media about Public Health Genetics. You can find us at on Instagram and TikTok!


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