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Emmanuel González Figueroa

Emmanuel González Figueroa

PhD, Environmental Health Sciences

“I’m proud of being a MEZCOPH student. It has provided me the tools to work with multiple cultures and traditions in rural Arizona while conducting research on my field of interest:  air quality."

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    Carolina, Puerto Rico

    Prior Degree(s):

    B.S Applied Microbiology at UNE, MPH Environmental health sciences PHSU

    Before entering the program:

    I was an MPH student at Ponce Health Sciences University.

    Why did you choose public health?

    Public health gave me the opportunity to work beyond laboratory settings, for me working with communities is the most important part of research.

    Why did you choose MEZCOPH?

    I chose MEZCOPH because it will give me the opportunity to work with diverse communities and perform research in air quality. Throughout my research experiences, I have developed an affinity and interest for the environmental factors that causes adverse effects in population health, especially minorities.

    Public health interests:

    Air quality, Respiratory diseases, environmental justice and education


    As part of my dissertation topic. I will work assessing the air quality and the risk due to the inhalation of polyaromatic hydrocarbons and volatile organic compounds associated with practice of garbage burning in the San Carlos Apache tribe.

    Interests/hobbies outside of school:

    Photography, Music, and comic books

    Tip for future students:

    Public health is a spider web: It weaves multiple fields to address health issues. Always work in teams for the greater good of population health.

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