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Elle Johnson

Title of Program:  Health Communication and Promotion

E-mail Address:  ejohn100@vols.utk.edu

Hometown:  Dunlap, TN

Year:  Sophomore

Anticipated Graduation Date:  Spring 2018

Description of Program:  My program primarily combines elements of public health and communication studies in order to gain a better understanding of how to effectively communicate ideas about health to audiences within the health sciences.  Through my curriculum, I hope to better understand health communication on an interpersonal level, such as the doctor-patient relationship, as well as on an organizational level, such as nationwide health advocacy and promotion.

Departmental Emphases:  Communication Studies, Public Health, Psychology, Sociology

Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Cristina Barroso, Department of Public Health, and Dr. Laura Miller, School of Communication Studies

Plans after graduation (career, graduate/professional school, etc.):  After graduation, I plan to use the skills gained from my College Scholars program to attend medical school and also partake in graduate studies for a Master's degree in Public Health.  From this point, I aspire to first practice as medical doctor, using the interpersonal health communication skills gained from my undergraduate studies, and after practicing for a few years, I hope to step forward into government work, such as a position in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Public Health Service, where I will put my organization health communication and promotional skills to use.

Study Abroad:  I will be studying abroad in Scotland at the University of Edinburgh during the summer of 2016, and also hope to pursue study abroad experiences in Wales before graduation.

Research Experiences or Internships:  I have served as a Youth Ambassador and Spokesperson for the Tennessee Donor Services' Donate Life Initiative since 2013.  Through this experience, I have held multiple events and given talks on the importance of being an organ donor, and through this, I have seen and experience, and I have seen and experienced first-hand the descrepancies involved with communication of health issues in our nation today.

Part-time employment; Hobbies; Campus Clubs/Activities:  On campus, I serve as an Honors Mentor as well as a frequent participant and member of the Science Saturday Club, teaching science lessons and experiments to children at Pond Gap Elementary School.  Outside of class, I enjoy playing saxophone and all forms of art, such as drawing, painting, sculpting, and post-it note murals.  I also run an art blog of my work in order to connect with more artists and reach a broader audience.


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