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Graduation 2020

Conducting Valuable Research on Social Issues

Honored Graduating Student: Jordan Marshall (Public Health)

Jordan Marshall is a student graduating in public health. She has many opportunities and conduct important research on social issues such as sex trafficking and pornography.

Jordan Marshall is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in public health with an emphasis in health promotion. The degree was appealing to Marshall because it combined all her academic interests. She says she “sort of stumbled across the degree,” but it has led her to people and experiences that she couldn’t have had in any other program. “I think this program is exactly what I needed," she says.

Marshall has had several opportunities to travel outside of Provo for her major. She and a group of students traveled to Europe last summer with professors Cougar Hall, Ben Crookston, and Josh West. These professors passionately highlighted Europe’s focus on bike-friendly roads and other convenient, policy-protected forms of active transportation. The study abroad group visited the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland; hiked the French Alps; and biked around the Netherlands, Austria, and Sweden.

In addition, Marshall interned at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation in Washington, DC. Throughout her internship, Marshall learned about issues like sex trafficking, pornography, prostitution, and objectification. She now thinks differently about these issues than she did before the internship. One of Marshall’s internship projects involved reviewing studies and compiling information for a research summary on the effects of pornography on the brain. After organizing the data, she put together a presentation of the research. Although her internship was cut short because of the policies surrounding COVID-19, she's been able to complete her work remotely.

Marshall is grateful for her parents and grandparents, who have always been supportive of her education. She would also like to thank the many great professors in the Department of Public Health who are sincerely invested in the success of their students. “They’ve demonstrated genuine concern for the students’ education and overall well-being,” she says. “And they’ve provided unforgettable opportunities for experiential learning.” Marshall believes her experiences in public health have provided the help and support she needs to succeed in the field.