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Elena Montaño-Rock

Elena Montaño-Rock

MPH Family & Child Health – Global Health

“I love learning and would go to school forever if I could. MEZCOPH is my home away from home and has become my second family. The sense of community and outreach from both faculty and staff contribute to fueling my passion for public health. I have been able to participate in several clubs, committees, and research projects that have helped me to grow and take pride in my work and community.”

Alex Mar

Alex Mar

MPH Public Health Policy & Management

"I'm proud to be part of an institution that has a uniquely prominent voice in Arizona, and integrates research with advocacy to benefit refugee, border, native, and under-resourced communities."

Chinagozi “Cheena” Ugwu

Chinagozi “Cheena” Ugwu

MPH Epidemiology

“I appreciate that MEZCOPH fosters a supportive environment and that there is also a sense of collaboration infused in the learning environment. That includes researchers, students and professors learning and working together. In almost every class, there is an opportunity to work in teams where different strengths and viewpoints can surface. It has really teaches you how to thrive, as team work is central and crucial to doing public health well.”

Krystal Frick

Krystal Frick

MPH Public Health Policy & Management

"MEZCOPH and Tucson have become like a second family and a second home to me. Looking back on this past year, I am so thankful for the ways the program and this city have stretched my perspective and challenged me to pursue more than I believed I could."

Rom Rahimian

Rom Rahimian

MPH Family and Child Health - Global Health

"I have been fortunate enough to learn from incredibly accomplished professors who have pioneered revolutionary work, build wonderful relationships with classmates, staff, and faculty, and gain invaluable knowledge and experience through a superior curriculum and unique opportunities in a unique and beautiful place. I would not trade it for anything."

Tom Finklestein

Tom Finklestein

MPH Epidemiology

"The curriculum and overall structure employed by MEZCOPH has enabled me to be the creator of my own experience. The College offers many opportunities to apply course principles to improve and strengthen the community in which we live. There are also multiple public health based and inter-professional student clubs that have enabled me to deepen my awareness of public health based challenges and the changing landscape of healthcare delivery. At MEZCOPH, there are ample opportunities to get involved with early and often."

Cindy Quintero

Cindy Quintero

MPH Public Health Practice (Phoenix)

“Our professors encourage open dialogue and value what students say. The service learning component was an eye-opening and life-changing experience, the true meaning of passion.”

Beau Ryan Lamb

Beau Ryan Lamb

MPH Epidemiology

"I think what MEZCOPH (unknowingly) offers that many other programs in the country might not have is comradery with your fellow students. Coming from Oregon, I was worried I was going to be studying by myself all the time and have no friends to hang out with after class. However, I have found such amazing like-minded people that have not only helped me get through my studies, but have become life-long friends in the process. I feel this is in large part due to the small class sizes, course scheduling, and the amazing pool of people the admissions department accepts."

Sarah Buss

Sarah Buss

MPH Family & Child Health – Global Health

“I have had the opportunity to sit in class alongside many students and professors who have first-hand experience and expertise working globally. These intimate perspectives add relevance and great depth to our class discussions and projects.”

Christine Gruessner

Christine Gruessner

MD/MHP

"The best thing about MEZCOPH has been the people. There is a great deal of diversity in terms of students' experiences, goals, and concentrations, which is reflected in engaging class discussions and exchange of ideas."

Dustin Holloway

Dustin Holloway

MPH Health Behavior Health Promotion

"I have sincerely enjoyed my experience at MEZCOPH and I am very proud of both my personal accomplishments and those of fellow students. One specific example is the student led event, The Social Justice Symposium (SJS); I was on the planning committee for the 2012-2013 symposium, and it was an experience that contributed to both personal and professional development . It was an honor to take part in the annual tradition of SJS as a public health graduate student."

Megan Blain

Megan Blain

MPH Epidemiology

"I am very proud of who I have become and I have to give credit for MEZCOPH for helping me. Before I came to MEZCOPH, I was a shy student who just went to class and went straight home after. I was just a number, and I did not bother to step outside of my comfort zone and talk to the teachers or do extracurricular activities. MEZCOPH was great about sending emails publicizing the latest events. It seemed there was always something happening and I knew about it because of the great communication MEZCOPH has in place for its students. They made it easy to be engaged in the college. I have had opportunities to volunteer at a non-profit organization called Clinica Amistad that delivers free health care to the uninsured. I have been able to help plan and run campus events to promote public health and much more. I recommend MEZCOPH because of the great opportunities they offer to become engaged in our community. This way, even before graduation, we have the chance to begin networking and meeting folks in the community thereby increasing our chances for better job connections when we graduate."

Ashley Bauman

Ashley Bauman

MPH Family and Child Health - Global Health

“I chose public health because I wanted some tangible skills in order to help. I wasn't sure what that would look like, but I knew that I wanted my career to be oriented towards something that would create health equity.”

Octavio Perez

Octavio Perez

MPH Public Health Practice (Phoenix)

"During my time at MEZCOPH I have been able to interact with people from different professions which has led me to become more optimistic. I have been able to get more involved with the community such as Dia del Campesino, which is where all the farm workers come from Mexico to work on the farm fields in southern Arizona. We were able to provide them with information on health issues they are at risk for, provide them with food, and assist with activities such as glucose and blood pressure monitoring at 3 am in the morning! That was a great experience and really motivated me to continue my education and it also justified my decision for choosing MEZCOPH."

Mallorie Fiero

Mallorie Fiero

PhD Biostatistics

"MEZCOPH provides a great environment to learn and be challenged. I have gained valuable experiences during my time here, including research, internships, teaching, and travel opportunities that I could not have gotten elsewhere."

Leah Iverson

Leah Iverson

MPH Family & Child Health - Maternal and Child Health/MA Latin American Studies

"Upon admission, I immediately felt comfortable in MEZCOPH's MPH program by being personally welcomed by my faculty mentor, Dr. Duncan. That form of outreach set the tone and foundation for my first year and a great professional, collaborative relationship with one of many faculty members. I am proud of having been the co-chair, along with Elizabeth Funsch for MEZCOPH's 2013 Social Justice Symposium that was well attended and highlighted some very important public health research and disparities."

Krista Romero-Cardenas

Krista Romero-Cardenas

MPH Public Health Policy & Management

“The College of Public Health has created an environment where I can challenge myself to listen intently, think openly, debate intelligently, and care endlessly. The college has many activities, committees, clubs and internships for all disciplines of Public Health. Most importantly, everyone is passionate about Public Health and helping others.”

Ayeisha Rosa-Hernandez

Ayeisha Rosa-Hernandez

MPH One Health

“MEZCOPH has given me the opportunity to explore my academic interests in a professional and respectful environment. More than that, it pushes my limits and encourages me to expand my knowledge through interactions with a wonderful interdisciplinary faculty and class.”

Teresa Sosa

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.”

Elizabeth (Beth) Frailey

Elizabeth (Beth) Frailey

MPH Health Behavior Health Promotion

"The best thing about MEZCOPH has been the people.  The unique relationship between the college and the community of Tucson fosters a great learning environment where students can exchange ideas in classroom discussions, as well as earn first-hand experience with community health programs."

Chantal Nez

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.”

Juhyung Sun

Juhyung Sun

MPH Health Services Administration / MBA Healthcare/Entrepreneurship

“Even in a less traditional academic path, I’ve enjoyed immense support from advisors who’ve helped me make my degree my own. I’ve really appreciated the opportunity to look at healthcare through so many different perspectives and sets of priorities.”

Joey Fong

Joey Fong

MPH Epidemiology

“My time at MEZCOPH has been a constant feedback loop of gaining confidence and embracing new experiences. Many of the new opportunities I’ve been presented with have pushed me to widen my perspective. I’m constantly pushed to remain adaptable in a dynamic field and that allows me to succeed.”

Erica Freese

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.”

Jhenitza Raygoza

Jhenitza Raygoza

MPH Health Behavior Health Promotion

“MEZCOPH has served as a niche for academic, professional, and personal growth. It is a space where students are encouraged to think critically, give strong reason to our voice, and expand on our passions.”

Josh Warlick

Josh Warlick

MPH Environmental Occupational Health - Industrial Hygiene

“The MEZCOPH community provides an opportunity to collaborate with diverse individuals who are open to unconventional thinking, and who value people’s differences. With faculty and peer support, you will grow both inside and outside of the classroom.”

Caitlin Meyer Krause

Caitlin Meyer Krause

MPH Family and Child Health - Maternal and Child Health

“From day one, I have felt part of the MEZCOPH community; the staff and professors are very welcoming and committed to the students. I have had a great amount of support thus far, not only as a student but as a mother with a young child, as well. In addition, the knowledge and experiences of the professors in MEZCOPH is invaluable.”

Quyymun Rabby

Quyymun Rabby

MPH Epidemiology

“It’s better to try something and learn that you don’t like it than to not try all.”

Rodrigo Valenzuela-Cordova

Rodrigo Valenzuela-Cordova

MPH - Health Behavior Health Promotion

“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.”

Kienan Williams

Kienan Williams

MPH Public Health Policy & Management

“I chose MEZCOPH specifically for the Public Health Policy and Management stream. I find Policy and Management exciting because it provides guidance in how health organizations do their work. I have management experience that has developed through learned experience. MEZCOPH offered an opportunity to formalize and be introduced to practical ways of influence (through policy) and how to be a better manager.”

Steve Barnes

Steve Barnes

MPH Epidemiology

“The quality and caliber of opportunities MEZCOPH has provide me far exceeded my highest expectations for an MPH degree program, and that was just in my first semester.”

Ana Florea

Ana Florea

PhD Epidemiology

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

Pharah D. Morgan

Pharah D. Morgan

MPH Epidemiology

“MEZCOPH fosters a family like environment where there is a diverse group of individuals from various interests and backgrounds. MEZCOPH promotes social interaction along with education so that we may be successful. MEZCOPH created an environment where I could be flexible in where I could focus my interest within my concentration. It allows us and encourages us to get real world experience before we graduate from the program so that we can be successful in our future careers.”

Ferris Ramadan

Ferris Ramadan

MS Epidemiology

“The intelligence and drive of MEZCOPH faculty, staff and students is palpable; the ability to work alongside such a steadfast community provides an immense sense of purpose.”

Kate Chisholm

Kate Chisholm

MPH Health Behavior Health Promotion/MA Latin American Studies

“I am proud to call myself a part of the devoted and kindhearted student body that makes up MEZCOPH. The sense of community here is incredible and the program has exceeded my expectations in every category. I am gaining skills and experience in my passions that will make me a marketable job candidate after graduation. What else could you want in a graduate school experience?”

Corey Edwards

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.”

Veronica Lugo

Veronica Lugo

MS Environmental Health Science

"Supportive community, friendship and knowledge is gained at MEZCOPH."

Yoshira Ornelas

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.”

Meghan Skiba

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."

Kelly Heslin

Kelly Heslin

MPH Health Behavior Health Promotion

“MEZCOPH is a place where your self-confidence and areas of interest seem to expand without you even realizing it--take advantage of it, step out of your comfort zone, and hit the ground running!“

Hanna Zarnegin

Hanna Zarnegin

MPH Health Behavior Health Promotion

“The MEZCOPH family has provided me with opportunities, support, and life-long connections.”

Ibitola "Tola" Asaolu, MPH

Ibitola "Tola" Asaolu

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.”

Nicholas Jennings, MPH

Nicholas Jennings, MPH

DrPH Public Health Policy and Management

“The doctoral program is very fluid in that you can really tailor the program to your interests. The professors are easily accessible to brainstorm research ideas and are more than willing to help you with the dissertation process.”

Tanner "Tosh" Mihesuah

Tanner "Tosh" Mihesuah

MPH and Health Services Administration

"During my first year at MEZCOPH, I have been consistently surrounded by bright like-minded individuals who have a similar passion for tackling health disparities found in Public Health. These peer, teachers, and faculty have really made my time at MEZCOPH enjoyable and fly by so quickly."

Claudia Diaz-Combs

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.”

Brandon Howard

Brandon Howard

MPH Public Health Practice

“MEZCOPH has provided me with numerous incredible opportunities on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus and in the Greater Phoenix Area. I have been able to interact with amazing peers and faculty while exploring my interests in public health. The school’s reputation has also immediately set me apart from other candidates for internships and jobs.”

Abby Lohr

Abby Lohr

MPH Family & Child Health - Global Health

"I would recommend MEZCOPH to prospective public health students because the college has an amazing service learning program (I love hands-on learning!); the faculty is ready and willing to teach students; the curriculum is challenging and yet relevant for future public health careers; and the community in Tucson is abundant with public health opportunities working with a variety of groups and issues."

Rachel Abraham

Rachel Abraham

MPH Public Health Policy and Management

“MEZCOPH has become my home away from home and encourages me every day to be the best version of myself.”

Princess Onyemeh-Sea

Princess Onyemeh-Sea

MPH - Health Services Administration

"I've been able to grow here in ways I wasn't able to before. Being surrounded by people with the same interests and passions but who are from different backgrounds and walks of life is a rewarding experience I couldn't imagine getting anywhere else."

Rebecca Scranton

Rebecca Scranton

MPH Epidemiology

“MEZCOPH is more than a venue to expand your knowledge, it is an experience. With faculty doing research in a vast array of health areas, you can easily mold your graduate experience into whatever you want it to be. We use the skills we are learning in the classroom to aid communities across the globe and the strangers I met on the first day of orientation are now some of my closest friends.”

Juanita Trejo

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.”

Brittany Nigon

Brittany Nigon

MPH Family & Child Health, Maternal & Child Health

“One of the things I love most about being a student here is what I learn from my classmates. The discussions we have in and out of class about our passions, interests, experiences, and opinions challenge me in the best way possible.”

Anna Carolina Ortiz

Anna Carolina Ortiz

MPH Family and Child Health - Global Health

"MEZCOPH is not only a collection of inspiring faculty, dedicated administrators, and passionate students, it is a supportive community. It’s great to be a part of an institution that is constantly impacting change locally, nationally, and globally. MEZCOPH embodies exactly what I hoped to get out of my graduate school experience."

Manpreet Sahnan

Manpreet Sahnan

MPH Family and Child Health - Maternal and Child Health

“At MEZCOPH, we get to work with the faculty and the community on many different public health issues. There is ample opportunity to apply what you learned to public health projects that help our community. This made it an easy choice to transition to my masters after completing my bachelor’s degree at the University of Arizona.”

Aaron Yoder

Aaron Yoder

MPH Biostatistics

"MEZCOPH provides you with the skills, guidance, and opportunities to create the change you hope to see in the world!"

Benjamin Aceves

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.”

Amanda Rodgers

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."

Heidi Dugi

Heidi Dugi

MPH Family and Child Health - Maternal and Child Health

“The program has brilliant professors, beyond helpful support staff, and opportunities for advancement almost every day. There are plenty of opportunities to make meaningful connections to professors who really care about you and your goals. The staff help a lot with the admissions process and communicate effectively during the school year. I also get emails and updates from them daily on opportunities for internships, fellowships, and scholarships from all over the US and internationally.”

Maryam Hockley

Maryam Hockley

MD/MPH Phoenix

“MEZCOPH has been the path for me to better integrate myself into my hometown of Maricopa county and truly be an agent of change in this public health arena.”

Danielle Hutchens

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.”

Joel Parker

Joel Parker

MS Biostatistics

"MEZCOPH has allowed me to explore my interests and find what really excites me. While at MEZCOPH I have grown passionate about my work which has helped to keep me driven and focused. My courses have prepared me enough to feel confident about my contributions to research outside of a school setting."

Jennifer Shipley

Jennifer Shipley

MPH Health Behavior Health Promotion

“MEZCOPH provides an abundance of opportunities to learn about all facets of public health. From service learning projects, faculty interactions, and internships to discussions with classmates, you will value your time at MEZCOPH as a unique learning experience.”

Alyssa Rankin

Alyssa Rankin

MPH Maternal and Child Health

"I have met some really amazing friends here and my connection to them has made my time here really special."

Edgar Villavicencio

Edgar Villavicencio

MPH Health Behavior Health Promotion

"Belonging to MEZCOPH has incredibly improved my personal, academic and professional development. Every class, every assignment, project and topic discussed has had a meaning to my comprehension on how public health works and the core values that this field represents for health and communities."

Emily Cooksey

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."

Rachel Murray

Rachel Murray

MPH Family and Child Health - Global Health

“I didn't know much about the US/Mexico border before moving to Tucson and am I'm so glad I have (at least) two years to learn not only about this border, but immigration in general. The location of the school is truly a benefit, especially in terms of global health. The complex issues that happen on the border can be translated to many aspects of what we learn in our global health classes. We're lucky to be able to get firsthand experience through our faculty's work, internship opportunities, and service learning classes, which will undoubtedly set UA graduates a part from graduates at other universities.”

Anette Real Arrayga

Anette Real Arrayga

MPH - Health Behavior Health Promotion

"MEZCOPH has brought me academic, professional, and personal growth. It's made me a better person by educating me both on issues and solutions/resources related to health, and has helped me understand what public health represents for our communities."

Katey Redmond

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.”

Andrea Wheeler

Andrea Wheeler

MPH Family & Child Health - Global Health

“I would recommend MEZCOPH to others because MEZCOPH provides so many opportunities for leadership, involvement and engagement. Once accepted into the college, I was warmly welcomed by my faculty mentor. I enrolled in a service learning course before the semester started,  where I met a number of my classmates and got to learn about public health in action. Lastly, the professors in MEZCOPH are knowledgeable and approachable.”

Maria Valdez

Maria Valdez

MPH Public Health Practice

"I would recommend MEZCOPH to others because of the diversity present at the campus and the opportunities present. With a campus both in Phoenix and Tucson, there is a vast amount of options, not only in classes but also for internships. I have been able to stay close to my family while keeping my activities in Tucson thanks to the Phoenix Campus."

Sophia Yatsenko

Sophia Yatsenko

MPH Health Behavior Health Promotion

“MEZCOPH has provided me with life-long friendships, and connections among faculty members who have become mentors and immensely helped me grow in health behavior health promotion.”

Lauren Jaeger

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

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.”

Alexa Roy

Alexa Roy

MPH, Health Behavior Health Promotion

"Coming from a nursing background, my time at MEZCOPH studying public health has opened up a whole new world for me that I get to keep exploring through my education. I'm grateful to keep learning and growing in such a supportive community."

Iva Skobic

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.”

Joaquin Amaro

Joaquin Amaro

MPH Health Services Administration

“The knowledge I have gained at MEZCOPH has provided me with the tools and confidence I need to be a successful professional in the public health workforce.”

Sarah Battaglia

Sarah Battaglia

MPH One Health

"At the College of Public Health, I am gaining resources and connections that will empower me to become a pioneer in the field of One Health."

Alexis Wait

Alexis Wait

MPH, Family and Child Global Health

"MEZCOPH has provided me with many academic, social, and professional opportunities. The community is welcoming, inclusive, and greatly expanded my understanding of global public health."

Nidal Azreg-Zakaria Kram

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.”

Jimmy Chhun

Jimmy Chhun

MPH Epidemiology

“One of the most important things I gained from the program is the opportunity to build networking relationships. There are so many people that can help you pursue your passion, and the professors at MEZCOPH will do what they can to connect you to the right people.”

Christina Baum

Christina Baum

MPH Epidemiology

"MEZCOPH has greatly expanded my understanding of public health. It has allowed me to pursue newfound career & research interests that did not exist when I first began the program."

Sana Khan

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."

Emily Burgen

Emily Burgen

MPH Biostatistics

“MEZCOPH is a mosaic of creative individuals, interesting classes, intriguing research, and hands-on opportunities bonded together by the common goal of creating innovative and superior methods for research and practice in Public Health.”

Keegan Krause

Keegan Krause

MPH Family and Child Health - Global Health / MA Latin American Studies

"MEZCOPH has given me the knowledge base and technical wherewithal to be a serious professional in the world of Global Health."

Mario Trejo

Mario Trejo

PhD Epidemiology

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

Jordan Bastian

Jordan Bastian

MPH Epidemiology

“Opportunities for growth are abundant at MEZCOPH. Whether you are in need of class advice, internship ideas, or career planning all you have to do is ask. The faculty and staff are very approachable and will do what they can to help you succeed in your goals.”

Kyrra Kahler

Kyrra Kahler

MPH Health Behavior Health Promotion

"Being surrounded by people with similar goals and values pertaining to health is amazing and has allowed me to grow both my interest and skills in various public health areas. I enjoy MEZCOPH’s atmosphere and attention to health equity and through my program I have been able to increase my confidence and leadership skills in a meaningful way."

Nicolas Lopez-Galvez, MPH, MA

Nicolas Lopez-Galvez

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.”

Samantha Slack

Samantha Slack

MPH Health Services Administration

“MEZCOPH provides its students with unique opportunities to serve their community and a campus where study groups can be held outdoors nearly year round, and full access to Maria’s tamales on Fridays (ask for the Salsa Verde).”

Javier Ortega

Javier Ortega

MPH Health Behavior Health Promotion

“MEZCOPH has given me a greater appreciation for the state I live in and has ignited a fire in me to work on addressing health disparities specifically in Arizona and in the Southwest.”

Amanda Kendall

Amanda Kendall

MPH Epidemiology

“MEZCOPH is a school that consists of so many backgrounds and skill sets, you are bound to find your niche here.”

Vivien Lee

Vivien Lee

PhD Environmental Health Sciences

“I appreciate the diversity of the MEZCOPH community. Despite all of the different cultures, personalities, experiences, and backgrounds of the students and staff, I’ve always felt very welcome and at home.”

Heidi Robertson

Heidi Robertson

MPH Family and Child Health - Global Health

“MEZCOPH is such a supportive environment. Both the staff and the students are willing to listen to and collaborate on projects. So many opportunities will arise while you are here. Take advantage of them, you’ll learn you are able to do things that you never knew you were capable of here.”

Nick Schweers

Nick Schweers

MPH Epidemiology

“I never expected that studying epidemiology at a graduate level would be as rewarding as MEZCOPH has made it. Being in a classroom with others students and experienced professors that share that passion has only fueled my love for public health!”

Tanzida Zaman

Tanzida Zaman

MPH Epidemiology

“My time here at MEZCOPH so far has given me the opportunity to connect with so many amazing students, faculty, staff, and community members, and I could not have asked for a more enriching experience.”

Christina Azzolina

Christina Azzolina

MPH Health Behavior Health Promotion

“The service learning experiences, program planning class, and internship allow you to practice the theories and knowledge you learn in the classroom.”

Shannon Bryan

Shannon Bryan

MPH Family and Child Health – Maternal and Child Health

“MEZCOPH is an active and vibrant community that challenges and supports you.”

Alicia Swift

Alicia Swift

MPH Family & Child Health - Global Health

“Being a part of MEZCOPH has allowed me to be an effective leader as a student and health clinic manager while enhancing my individual knowledge about the global aspects of public health.”

Anna Steeves-Reece

Anna Steeves-Reece

MPH Health Behavior Health Promotion

“I’m very thankful that MEZCOPH guides us to choose an internship that both satisfies our interests and helps us meet our career objectives. This past summer, I returned to Nicaragua to do a community assessment for postpartum depression in collaboration with a local NGO. The College has helped me to identify sources of funding, and my advisors have been very engaged throughout the process.”

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