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Danielle Hutchens

Danielle Hutchens

MPH Epidemiology

“MEZCOPH is an incredible academic institution with brilliant professors and faculty that work to make a considerable impact in the Tucson community as well as nationally and internationally. But more than that they are a community that brings compassionate like minded individuals with a desire to inspire change together and I am incredibly proud to be a member of the MEZCOPH community.”

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    Tucson, AZ

    Prior Degree(s):

    B.S. Biochemistry, B.A. Spanish and Portuguese from the University of Arizona

    Before entering the program:

    Before entering the MPH degree program, I was an undergraduate student at the University of Arizona studying biochemistry and Spanish and Portuguese.

    Why did you choose public health?

    One of the main reasons that I chose public health is variety. Public health opens many doors for careers. After obtaining an MPH I could work in numerous roles or numerous areas of study. Additionally, I have always been passionate about helping others because I am naturally inquisitive and empathetic and public health provided the best way for me to help others.

    Why did you choose MEZCOPH?

    I was interested in the University of Arizona Public health program for various reasons. I was raised in Tucson and have lived in Tucson my whole life. I was grateful for the opportunity to continue my studies at the school I grew up around and where I have completed my undergraduate degree. The Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health has a goal that fits my interests and career goals perfectly. The college is distinguished for outstanding community-based research and for our focus on eliminating health disparities. I have been a very active member of the Tucson community for many years and my desire to create health equality for all people and cultures of the world thanks to my Spanish-Portuguese major made MEZCOPH the perfect fit for me.

    Public health interests:

    My public health interests include infectious disease epidemiology, mainly STIs and cancer epidemiology.


    Data collection and survey management for the Arizona Rural Women’s Health Network

    Interests/hobbies outside of school:

    My hobbies outside of school include reading mystery novels, binging the latest Netflix series, volunteering at Clinica Amistad, and teaching jazz and ballet classes for students 5-15 years old.

    Tip for future students:

    My tips for future students are make the most of your time at MEZCOPH because it goes by quickly. Work hard but make friends and enjoy yourself. Get started on your internship project early. Take advantage of all the hiking and delicious food in Tucson while you’re here.

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