Health Professions Advising Office (HPAO)
University of Mississippi

Rod’Kendrick Harrison

Pre-medical student from Batesville, Mississippi


Why did you decide to pursue this health profession? I’ve always wanted a career that gives me the opportunity to make people happier, feel better, and make a difference in their lives. Becoming a doctor and a researcher will provide me the opportunity to do just that. Being able to take care of one in their most vulnerable state is a testament to compassion and empathy and that is what I look for in a career.

Major: Public Health & Health Sciences

Why did you choose this major? I chose to major in Public Health because I began to understand how Public Health was a huge aspect of medicine as it related to the Social Determinants of Health. While medicine focuses on diagnosing and treating, public health focuses on broadly addressing the health of communities. I think with a public health background I have a better opportunity at achieving better health outcomes for individuals.

How has HPAO helped you on your pre-health journey? The HPAO has played a pivotal role in my success as a pre-medical student. From the moment I attend the HPAO orientation session to now the summer before my junior year, HPAO has provided guidance, support, and resources that have been invaluable to helping me succeed as a pre-medical student.

What is your most memorable HPAO experience? Mississippi Day 2022 & 2023 were both memorable experiences because it allows me to interact with fellow ambassadors and answer any questions from prospective students.

What are your career goals? Physician/Public Health Researcher

What are you the happiest doing? Playing tennis or running

What is your favorite study spot? Dungeon in the Honors College

What is your favorite meal in Oxford? Alfredo Pasta from OPA!