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Graduates in Environmental Health Sciences

“Having been to three different schools for my BS, MPH, and PhD (all in public health), I can't say enough good things about the program here. Both the faculty and administrative staff have been extremely helpful and committed to my success, and I know them all personally, which I found difficult in my larger MPH program. I graduated in May of 2013 and even before graduation, I had an assistant faculty position lined up, which I attribute to their support. In my opinion, you will not find a better, more prestigious public health school with the same emphasis on personal attention and applied learning than MEZCOPH.”

Laura Suppes, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Environmental Public Health

University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire


PhD Environmental Health Sciences, University of Arizona

MPH, University of Minnesota

BS Environmental and Public Health, University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire

Research Interests

  • Waterborne and water based pathogen exposure
  • Chemical, biological, and physical hazard identification and remediation in recreational water environments (lakes, rivers, swimming pools, etc.)
  • Quantitative microbiological risk assessment

“My focus has always been science and I wanted a field where I could incorporate science to directly impact the health of communities. Public health allows me to do scientific research and then use that research to figure out how I will be able to positively impact health. Choosing MEZCOPH happened by chance. I was working at ALEC my senior year and was introduced to a faculty member in the Environmental Health section at MEZCOPH. After meeting with her I was convinced that Environmental Health at MEZCOPH was the place for me to be.”

Yoshira Ornelas, MS

Graduate Research Assistant for Metal Exposure Study in Homes (MESH), Primary Investigator for Friends of the Santa Cruz River Project

"Investigating water quality in private wells in Santa Cruz County"


MS Environmental Health Sciences, University of Arizona

BS Microbiology, University of Arizona

Research Interests

  • Water quality
  • Health Disparities
  • Risk assessment
  • Metal Exposures
  • Community Health

“The faculty and staff are very helpful and supportive, so do no be afraid to ask for help.”

Kerton Victory, PhD, MS

Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Atlanta, Georgia


PhD Environmental Health Sciences, University of Arizona

MS Nutritional Sciences, University of Arizona

BS Biomedical Sciences, City University of New York-Brooklyn College

Research Interests

  • Health disparities
  • Water quality
  • Risk Perception

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