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Connor Kelley

Connor Kelley

PhD Epidemiology

“MEZCOPH provides students with the opportunity to marry their interests to ongoing research with faculty whose interests vary widely. Even if you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for, you can expect direction and support for your own work from faculty and students alike.”

  • Email:

    cpkelley@email.arizona.edu

    Hometown:

    Peoria, Arizona

    Prior Degree(s):

    BS, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology & MPH, Epidemiology – University of Arizona

    Before entering the program:

    I’ve been attending the University of Arizona since 2010, giving new meaning to the term “Professional Student.”

    Why did you choose public health?

    Having trained in Ecology, I’m fascinated by the various ways humans are affected by and affect their environments. I like to think of public health as the application of ecological sciences to the human population, and I was eager to work in a field that works frequently on large scales!

    Why did you choose MEZCOPH?

    I had met with a graduate ambassador my senior year of my undergraduate program, and she completely sold me on the Epidemiology degree. I knew I had wanted to pursue some of the more technical aspects of my field, and I saw this program as the perfect outlet for that. When I began speaking with faculty and students, I found that the college provided great opportunities for students to become engaged with field research. I felt that this college would not only teach me valuable skills, but give me the chance to put them to action.

    Public health interests:

    Mental health, environmental sciences, and database sciences.

    Interests/hobbies outside of school:

    As a native Arizonan, I’ve learned to take advantage of adventures offered outdoors - hiking, day-trips, sightseeing, and the like. I love traveling around Tucson and finding new things, especially places to eat! My partner is the science journalist for the Arizona Daily Star, which gives me the chance to join her in exploring all things science happening in Southern Arizona. When we’re at home, we spend time with our two dogs.

    Tip for future students:

    Always seek out opportunities on campus and in Tucson, even if it’s something outside of your academic interests. Tucson is an incredible place and an important part of Arizona.

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