William Hutson, MPH

Washington University in St. Louis - Brown School Public Health Programs
Epidemiology and Biostatistics

What inspired you to study public health? 

I was inspired to study public health by my interest in understanding why marginalized communities have worse health outcomes, and my desire to use research to eliminate inequities.

What has been the single most rewarding experience of your career/studies so far? 

Throughout my time in college and graduate school, I have been a part of health organizations that center the experiences of marginalized communities. Being in these spaces has challenged me to think critically about the social determinants of health, and has demonstrated to me the power of bringing people from diverse backgrounds together to address these determinants.

Where did you do your practicum? What was it about? 

I was a research assistant with Professors Alexis Duncan and Phil Marotta. In my research, I investigated substance use curriculum, and spatial and individual risk factors for substance use treatment engagement and overdose.

What do you hope to accomplish in your career? 

I hope to become a physician-scientist who advocates for health equity and achieving the highest quality of care for patients through both clinical practice and research.


Find the health issues or populations you’re passionate about, and then worry about how you choose to tackle these issues. In classes and projects, focus on topics you are passionate about while keeping an open mind to learning about other issues.

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