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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
  • Follow us on Instagram @uazpublichealth
  • 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


Main Campus Tucson Epidemiology

Go at your own pace. Everyone has a different experience within MEZCOPH and the completion of their program, do not feel behind based off where other colleagues are in comparison to you. Read the MPH listserv emails that are sent out each week!! There are so many research, job and field work experience provided in these that all you need to do is sign up or apply for! Do not forget to take time for yourself to decompress and do things you enjoy outside your program, to help not get burnt out. Talk with your cohort during orientation and within your classes in your first year! These are the people you will see in many of your classes throughout the completion of your program!


MPH Epidemiology, Main Campus-Tucson

Don't be afraid to reach out when you need help. Faculty are happy to help guide you when they can and are great resources.


MPH, Health Services Administration (Tucson Campus)

Graduate school is a new chapter of your life and there will be ups and down, but embrace the change that happens! If you want to try a new way of doing something or living life, try it -- you never know what might come from it!


MPH- Family and Child Health, Tucson, AZ

Take the risk! Sometimes, it is the best thing that could happen to you.

Caleigh Curley

DrPH, Public Health Policy and Management (Tucson Campus)

"MEZCOPH has challenged me to step out of my comfort zone and has opened many doors for me to change, grow, and transform into the public health professional I strive to be."


MPH Health Behavior Health Promotion(Tucson Campus)

I really like that public health is a very versatile field and also ever since I was younger I had a passion for this area.

Ashleigh Manuelito

Ashleigh Manuelito

MPH, Health Behavior Health Promotion (Online Campus)

"While I was working part-time I was taking Non-Degree Seeking courses that allowed me to ease into the MPH program. During the height of the pandemic, I felt the need to work with my community and helped build a COVID-19 contact tracing program on the Navajo Nation."

Elena Burr

Elena Burr

MPH, Health Behavior Health Promotion (Online Campus)

"As an online student I never expected the sense of connection I've experienced at MEZCOPH, but on top of an expansive education, they have provided me countless opportunities to build relationships with this community of inspired and driven individuals."

Shreyasi Chakraborty

Shreyasi Chakraborty

MPH, Health Services Administration (Phoenix Campus)

"I feel our faculty is great at supporting students so that they can reach their potential. So far the experience gained from the courses are invaluable and it made me a more confident student."

Niraly Patel

Niraly Patel

PhD, Health Behavior Health Promotion (Tucson Campus)

"Don't be afraid to create opportunities for yourself. The road to success requires determination."

James Hollister

PhD, Biostatistics (Tucson Campus)

"My favorite MEZCOPH quality is the relationship between the faculty and the students. I've had the pleasure of working with many professors on projects, and they have always been so willing to teach and support me through every step of the process."

Katie Herder

Katie Herder

PhD, Biostatistics (Tucson Campus)

"Even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, MEZCOPH has provided a community in which I’ve felt supported and able to thrive. The faculty and staff are passionate, approachable, and seem to really care about their students. Through MEZCOPH, I’ve been connected to so many interesting people and opportunities I hadn't expected. It is a terrific network to be apart of!"

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