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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, and connect with them in one of the following ways:


Teresa Sosa

MPH Health Behavior Health Promotion

“As an underrepresented, non-traditional student, and first in my family to attend graduate school, I am profoundly appreciative for the MEZCOPH experience. Learning from diverse and impassioned classmates; committed and distinguished faculty with interdisciplinary backgrounds, and contributing to extracurricular experiences has provided me with a profound understanding of the intersections of public health, particularly from a social justice perspective.”

Chantal Nez

MPH Health Behavior Health Promotion

“MEZCOPH has given me the opportunity to explore my passion of working with American Indian communities through the Service Learning Course, class projects, and my internship. MEZCOPH's diverse and supportive faculty and staff are devoted to molding upcoming public health leaders and their expertise has made my experience at MEZCOPH enjoyable and life-changing.”

Erica Freese

MPH Family & Child Health - Global Health

“During my time at MEZCOPH, I am constantly reminded of how empowering knowledge is and the ways in which I can improve the quality of life for myself and others. The readings, lectures, and discussions that happen in the classroom complement the hands-on learning that occurs in the field, such as the service learning trips and the internship. Applied learning to me is the best way to demonstrate the knowledge I have gained in the classroom, while also allowing me to come full circle and apply those real-life situations to topics presented in class.”

Nicolas Lopez-Galvez

PhD in 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.”

Katey Redmond

MPH Family & Child Health - Global Health

“Graduate school is challenging but the MEZCOPH community has had my back and encouraged growth in ways I could not fathom at the start of my MPH. I will graduate with the ability to work on interdisciplinary teams, critically analyze health interventions from multiple perspectives, and be an inclusive public health professional.”

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.”

Yoshira Ornelas

PhD Environmental Health Sciences

“MEZCOPH has allowed me to pursue my interest in public health with the support of faculty and staff. There are always opportunities to become involved and collaborate with experts in various sections of public health.”

Benjamin Aceves

PhD Health Behavior Health Promotion

“MEZCOPH has provided me with several opportunities to serve marginalized communities, while simultaneously developing my research skills and knowledge.”

Ibitola "Tola" Asaolu, MPH

DrPH Maternal & Child Health

“I became part of the MEZCOPH family the moment my supervisors asked me how I was settling into the program and Tucson in general. In addition, fellow students in my cohort and the cohorts before me have been very supportive.”

Claudia Diaz-Combs

MPH Environmental & Occupational Health

“I have been part of MEZCOPH for almost two years now and have learned so much about my field of study already. I think the faculty that we have are very committed to their students first and foremost, and that is clear through the content that we learn and the way we are treated. I have also had the opportunity to participate in field research with the faculty, and that first hand experience has been one of the best experiences I have had thus far because I have been able to work in the community, which is why I became interested in public health in the first place.”

Juanita Trejo

MPH Health Behavior Health Promotion

“The university and local community are welcoming and eager to help you succeed. There is an enormous amount of opportunity for you to pursue your goals while helping the community.”

Mario Trejo

MPH Epidemiology

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

Amanda Rodgers

DrPH Maternal and Child Health

"MEZCOPH is where the rubber meets the road; it not only provides an excellent education, but also an opportunity to apply theory into action by working with community organizations and partners."

Danielle Hutchens

MPH Epidemiology

“MEZCOPH is an incredible academic institution with brilliant professors and faculty that work to make a considerable impact in the Tucson community as well as nationally and internationally. But more than that they are a community that brings compassionate like minded individuals with a desire to inspire change together and I am incredibly proud to be a member of the MEZCOPH community.”

Ana Florea

PhD Epidemiology

“If you have an idea, MEZCOPH provides both the environment and support necessary to put your idea into motion.”

Valerie Madera-Garcia

PhD Epidemiology

“I am proud of having the courage of getting out of my comfort zone. From the Epidemiology program students and faculty, I have learned that we can create positive changes in the world. I strongly recommend MEZCOPH to other students because they offer the opportunity to dream big.”

Corey Edwards

MD/MPH Phoenix

“The public health classes have been a great way to supplement my medical school curriculum and I’m happy I chose to pursue this degree.”

Kristi Sprowl

MPH Family & Child Health - Global Health

“The most exciting aspect of my graduate student experience thus far is being able to use the talents and skills that I have gained in the classroom and see them shine in my professional endeavors.”

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