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Meet Our Students

Are you interested in learning more about graduate students at the UA Zuckerman College of Public Health? Read about some of our outstanding student Ambassadors below. Feel free to connect with an Ambassador in one of the following ways:

  • Email an Ambassador through the email address on their profile
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  • If you are interested in having a panel of public health graduate student Ambassadors speak in your class, student club, or organization, please contact us at

Magdiel Habila

PhD Epidemiology

“During my time at MEZCOPH, I have been introduced to new perspectives, developed relationships with colleagues and professors, and have had the opportunity to pursue amazing research experiences. It has been amazing to be a part of a college that seeks to serve the community – in Tucson, the United States, and internationally.”

Cody Welty

MS/PhD Health Behavior Health Promotion

“In my time at MEZCOPH, the experience and knowledge I have gained from coursework, my advisors, and other activities has been invaluable. There are opportunities available for local organizations, government, and within MEZCOPH, and I am always able to make new connections with the community and people.”

Meghan Skiba

PhD Health Behavior Health Promotion

"At MEZCOPH, in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, you can watch the sun set in a vibrant spectrum behind granite giants and eat fantastic tacos."

Emmanuel González Figueroa

PhD Environmental Health Sciences

“I’m proud of being a MEZCOPH student. It has provided me the tools to work with multiple cultures and traditions in rural Arizona while conducting research on my field of interest:  air quality."

Valerie Madera-Garcia

PhD Epidemiology

“MEZCOPH has given me the opportunity to engage in significant research that will contribute to the improvement of the health of my fellow Puerto Ricans. For that, I will be eternally grateful.”

Emily Cooksey

PhD Environmental Health Sciences

"During my time at MEZCOPH I have been supported and pushed to follow my dreams by faculty and students alike. Everyone wants the best for each other and it shows."

Lauren Jaeger

MPH Health Behavior Health Promotion / MBA Healthcare Management

"MEZCOPH has allowed me to tailor my education and graduate experience, giving me the confidence to stand out and take on leadership roles in the workplace."

Connor Kelley

PhD Epidemiology

“MEZCOPH provides students with the opportunity to marry their interests to ongoing research with faculty whose interests vary widely. Even if you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for, you can expect direction and support for your own work from faculty and students alike.”

Iva Skobic

PhD Health Behavior Health Promotion

“If you are interested in doing any particular type of research or having a certain type of professional experience, don’t be afraid to ask! Faculty, admin, or fellow students may know how you can go about getting what you want.”

Nidal Azreg-Zakaria Kram

DrPH Maternal & Child Health

“Figure out what you want to accomplish, and you’ll find the people and the resources to help you get there.”

Sana Khan

PhD Epidemiology

"MEZCOPH has fostered an environment that allows students to follow their passion and work independently, while simultaneously providing an immense amount of support and encouragement. I am grateful to have found a second home here at MEZCOPH."

Mario Trejo

PhD Epidemiology

“MEZCOPH has made many opportunities available to me and has done a great deal to help me grow professionally.”

Nicolas Lopez-Galvez, MPH, MA

PhD Environmental Health Sciences

“I am grateful to be part of the MEZCOPH because it provides a perfect environment to learn more about public health issues. The professors have been really supportive, and I have gained valuable experience in the classroom and conducting research.”

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