Todd received his undergraduate degree from UW-Eau Claire in May 2005 (Art major, Political Science minor), and pursued post-baccalaureate studies in Geography at UW-Milwaukee from Spring 2011 to Spring 2013. It was in studying Geography at UWM that his interest in the field of public health was cultivated, particularly in the way an environment or place can affect aspects of personal health.
In addition, Todd has two people in his family with a history of work in the medical/health fields. His sister is a nurse, and his father spent decades in the field of medical research studying diabetes and vascular diseases. Their interests and dedication provided a more subtle influence over the years, and through them, Todd was exposed to certain aspects of public health in ways unavailable to the average person.
As an MPH student in the CBHP track, his particular interests involve the intersection of public health and mental health, which include: public policy; obesity, nutrition, exercise, and substance abuse/prevention. Todd believes that health issues affect a large number of Americans, and that those affected by mental health issues are more likely to have unhealthy lifestyles. Todd believes it is vitally important to view mental health as a priority in the quest for greater public health.