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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.”

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    El Dorado Hills, California

    Prior Degree(s):

    UC Davis, B.S. Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior

    Before entering the program:

    I worked for 2 years at the IDeA Lab as an imaging analyst, preparing MRI scans from various research studies for analysis. During this time, I also had the opportunity to serve as an MRI tech for the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center. It was very cool seeing the analysis and research ends of clinical research.

    Why did you choose public health?

    Interfacing with all the different research participants allowed me to see the importance of understanding the experiences, lifestyles, and factors associated with health outcomes. To me, public health seemed like a perfect marriage between overarching sociological factors and individual healthcare.

    Why did you choose MEZCOPH?

    The overwhelming support and diversity the college offers. From a professional point of view, I’m surprised at how open and willing faculty are in discussing professional and personal interests. The community as a whole was incredibly open and I absolutely love the diversity of the students, faculty and setting in which MEZCOPH lies.

    Public health interests:

    Obesity, Alzheimer’s Disease, Vaccines, Biostatistics


    In partnership with Josh Hoskinson at March for Science, Southern Arizona and Dr. Elizabeth Jacobs here at UA, I am helping to create a vaccine resource for vaccine hesitant individuals/parents. Overall, the intention is to condense evidence based research into an easy to understand format.

    Interests/hobbies outside of school:

    Weightlifting, cooking, film photography, movies (check out the Loft Cinema!)

    Tip for future students:

    Ask as many questions as you can. After working for a couple years, I can tell you there are very few opportunities to focus solely on learning when on the job, so really take advantage of these opportunities to draw from the years of experience that each professor has!

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