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Meet Our Students Archive

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:

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

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

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

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 challeneged me to pursue more than I believed I could."

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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."

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."

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.”

Quyymun Rabby

MPH Epidemiology

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

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

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.”

Pharah D. Morgan, MS

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.”

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?”

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!“

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.”

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."

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.”

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

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."

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.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MPH Family and Child Health – Maternal and Child Health

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

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

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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