Molly McGlone ‘15

“Get to know your professors, TAs and advisors. They are great resources for helping you to understand class material, but they also can help you frame what kind of work and/or research you want to do with your Economics degree in the future.”

Growing up in Baltimore, Molly McGlone was well aware of Hopkins international reputation in the public health field. After initially wanting to double major in Public Health and Economics, she chose to simply major in Economics to allow herself the flexibility to study abroad and take classes in multiple departments in both the Engineering school and the School of Arts and Sciences. “ I liked that economics was the intersection of the social sciences and statistics/math.”
I particularly enjoyed taking Dr. Bishai’s class, Economics of Health, because I learned so much about the American healthcare system and the insurance system, and the class directly applied to current events during the roll-out of Obamacare. I also enjoyed Professor Moffit’s Economics of Poverty and Inequality class and Professor Takahashi’s Labor Economics class. We read some excellent research studies and had some great discussions on education and the labor market. “
Molly studied studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad. “I took classes in Globalization and the European Economies, Development Economics and Health Economics of Northern Europe in addition to an urban planning class and a public health class. I enjoyed studying economics from a European perspective, and the highlight of the program was traveling with my economics class to visit the World Bank, the OECD and the EU Commission on a field trip.”
Back home, Molly was involved with the campus’ chapter of Habitat for Humanity, working on houses in the Sandtown neighborhood, and was a Learning Den tutor for both Elements of Microeconomics and Fundamentals of Epidemiology. “I also had the amazing opportunity to intern with the JHU Community Impact Internship Program two summers in a row. I worked with a community development non-profit called the Central Baltimore Partnership, collecting data and creating a database of current properties in order to leverage more investment. I learned grant-writing skills and helped organize community events to promote economic development in different neighborhoods.”
After graduation, Molly plans to use her economics skills in Baltimore where she will be researching urban development issues for a real estate consulting firm.
“Ultimately, I would like to have careers in urban planning and education. I am very interested in urban economics and how to make cities thriving places in which to live, work and play in both developed and developing countries, and communicating the value of that.”
Molly has nothing but great things to say about the Department: “Get to know your professors, TAs and advisors. They are great resources for helping you to understand class material, but they also can help you frame what kind of work and/or research you want to do with your Economics degree in the future.” Thanks for all your contributions to our great city, Molly, and please stop by to chat anytime!