MPH-PHAP student Jake Tanumihardjo developed an interest in policy development as an undergraduate research intern at UW-Madison. His research focused on undergraduate drinking and global health.
During this experience he recognized the positive effect that certain drinking laws have on communities, and the essential role government plays in improving population health.
As a biology major, Tanumihardjo developed a multi-faceted approach which allowed him a more complete understanding of scientific research while honing skills in study design and research analysis techniques.
“I hope to continue my career in policy development by implementing beneficial food access policies for low-income families because I believe through community engagement and the legislative process, we can improve the population health of our most disparate citizens.”
As a student, Tanumihardjo pursues his passion for public health through leadership activities. He’s presently involved in several organizations:
- Campus-wide student senate, SPH representative
- SPH student senate, marketing leadership team
- Action Response Coalition for Public Health (ARC-PH), executive board member
- Allina Health, research assistant
- MVNA flu shot clinic representative
- Minneapolis Health Department, Healthy Food Access for Food Shelves, master’s thesis project
Eventually Tanumihardjo would like to work in city or statewide government, with a focus on implementing and developing policies that improve human health and living conditions.
Jake Tanumihardjo (pronounced “tah-new-me-hard-jo”) holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a certificate in Global Health from the University of Wisconsin-Madision.