Megan Orlando ’12

Major

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Project Title

Cultural and Socioeconomic Determinants of Antibiotic Consumption in the U.S.

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During the course of my internship, I began an independent research project that I plan to develop into my senior thesis. I worked with a Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy (CDDEP) Research Analyst to ­investigate cultural and socioeconomic determinants of antibiotic consumption in the United States. I used statistical analysis to examine county-level antibiotic use patterns and produce a consumption function. This project allowed me to research factors that influence ­antibiotic use at both regional and international levels. I also performed ­cross-cultural comparisons across Europe with a thorough literature review and then moved the ­discussion to the United States. Through this experience, I developed my own research question and ­determined the best methods for analysis. This was my first long-term global health research project, and it allowed me to investigate cultural and social norms that transcend nationality. I also attended events hosted by CDDEP and became ­acquainted with the office staff and my co-workers. I thoroughly enjoyed this look into the careers of global health researchers, though I plan to pursue a career in clinical medicine.



Internship Year

2011

Project Category

Health

Organization(s)

Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy, Washington, D.C.

Mentor(s)

Ramanan Laxminarayan, Research Scholar, Princeton Environmental Institute