Audrey Li ’13

Major

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Project Title

Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy

Working with the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics, and Policy this summer, I sought to identify whether certain behaviors of hospital staff were associated with higher or lower rates of healthcare-associated infection. By searching for state-reported figures for infection on a hospital level, then aggregating that information with data culled from a Joint Commission Survey on hospital doctor, nurse, infection control practitioner, and executive perception and action, I attempted to find statistically significant factors. Through this internship, I was able to learn much about data analysis and the use of statistical software. Beyond this technical skill, I was able to engage with incredibly interesting data surrounding the culture of hospital workers. As a pre-medical student who is particularly interested in the specialty of infectious disease, this summer reaffirmed my passion for this area of study, and has augmented it with a behavioral dimension. I will continue this project in my senior independent work.



Internship Year

2012

Project Category

Health

Organization(s)

Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics, and Policy (CDDEP), Washington, DC

Mentor(s)

Laxminarayan, Research Scholar, Princeton Environmental Institute