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Purposeful with policy

Public health major and political science/business administration minor Morgan Rising found that exploring nontraditional careers in the health care field led her to her passion for public health policy.

Finding your fit

Morgan initially came to Carolina wanting to complete the pre-med track. However, as her first semester started, she found herself exposed to many new career paths in public health.

"Because I've always enjoyed studying political science and policy, I became really interested in health administration. I decided to combine my interests in health science and policy to pursue a degree in public health focusing on health administration."

Expand your options

Morgan's internship with the Mayor's Office, specifically the Mayor's Policy Advisor, changed the way she viewed health care. As she attended meetings with different community organizations, she began to realize how specialized outreach programs help address community health needs.

"When most people hear the term 'public health,' they think about hospitals and diseases. There are other aspects of public health, like food programs and prevention plans. This internship has shown me how comprehensive public health is and how important the role of the government is in impacting the health of communities across the nation."

Through her internship, Morgan organized summer lunch programs for impoverished children and mentorship programs for teenage boys.

Discover new approaches

"I met with my adviser about becoming more involved in the Columbia community. She shared a list of community locations and organizations with which USC has relationships and needs student volunteers. After we discussed my interests and career goals (I was still pre-med at the time), I decided to volunteer at The Free Medical Clinic in Columbia."

The experience was very eye-opening because it helped me realize the importance of public health at every socioeconomic level. It also connected me with other USC students who are pursuing careers in health care. Carolina was instrumental in connecting me to a community organization that helped me pursue my passions.

Prepare for the future

"The field of public health is constantly evolving, and it's really cool to study the way government and policy influence health care in the United States. It has been fascinating to learn about the history of public health while experiencing firsthand the constant changes that take place in healthcare reform."

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