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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.”

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    Bozeman, Montana

    Prior Degree(s):

    B.S. in Health and Exercise Science- Health Promotion, with a minor is Spanish - Colorado State University

    Before entering the program:

    I worked as a gastroenterology technician in Boulder, Colorado. Prior to that, I was a Health Center Assistant at Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains.

    Why did you choose public health?

    I chose public health because I wanted to focus on health prevention through education, advocacy, and policy. Viewing the world through a public health lens allows me to understand the determinants of health and the various barriers to health. Through this improved understanding, I hope to be able to create positive changes in the populations I work with.

    Why did you choose MEZCOPH?

    I chose MEZCOPH for a multitude of reasons. First, I was interested in global health and the course requirements sounded interesting and varied. Second, the amount of experience and expertise of the faculty assured me I would be receiving accurate and appropriate information that would have real-world application. Lastly, I knew living and learning in the Southwest, so close to the border, would provide me with perspectives and experiences I could not get anywhere else.

    Public health interests:

    Sexuality Education, Reproductive Health/Rights, Gender Equality


    I am currently an intern with Arizona Family Health Partnership (AFHP). AFHP is one of the leading organizations involved with reproductive health care in Arizona. They receive and distribute Title X funding for Arizona and are involved in many partnerships with providers around the state. Along with smaller projects, my main project will be going into Title X-funded clinics in Tucson to collect stories from patients on why reproductive health care is important to them.

    Interests/hobbies outside of school:

    Tennis, rock climbing, hiking, camping, traveling, and art

    Tip for future students:

    Use your resources. Your peers, faculty, staff, and community partners are a wealth of information.

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