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Cigna partners with UConn for research

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The University of Connecticut and Cigna recently announced a new partnership to fund graduate-level research on how people make their health decisions.

Five students studying statistics, mathematics and psychology will be chosen for the fellowships, which UConn President Susan Herbst says will be valuable job training experience.

Cigna is a global health insurance provider based in Bloomfield, Conn.

“This collaboration with Cigna is one example of the many business partnerships at UConn that give our students the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in the workplace,” Herbst said in a statement. “Through support of important social science research, Cigna and our College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are helping people live healthier lives while creating jobs in Connecticut.”

By modeling health decision behaviors, students hope to be able to reduce the costs of health insurance and find ways to invest in long-term health.

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