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Erika Christine Austhof

Erika Christine Austhof

PhD, Epidemiology

"The University of Arizona has amazing faculty and students which create a community I'm proud to be a part of."

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    Tucson, AZ

    Prior Degree(s):

    BS Microbiology, MPH Epidemiology, both from the University of Arizona

    Before entering the program:

    Prior to entering the PhD in Epidemiology program I was a research coordinator for the Epidemiology & Biostatistics department at MEZCOPH.

    Why did you choose public health?

    I believe that public health is the best way to make the largest impact on the greatest amount of people.

    Why did you choose MEZCOPH?

    Tucson is my home! I had such a great education at MEZCOPH for my MPH and the faculty here are unparalleled. I stayed for the people and the growth I knew I could achieve here.

    Public health interests:

    Biostatistics, Environmental Health, Epidemiology, Infectious Disease, Public Health Informatics


    I plan to study the impacts of extreme flooding events on the incidence of foodborne illness.

    Interests/hobbies outside of school:

    Outside of school I like to sew sustainable clothing, perfect my pizza recipe, and run around with my dogs.

    Tip for future students:

    If you are asked if you want to do something, and it's not a full-body "YES!" than it's probably a "No." Seek out opportunities within the college that will help advance your career and seem interesting, you never know what you'll fall in love with!

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