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Danielle King

Danielle King

MPH, Public Health Policy and Management

"MEZCOPH has challenged my views, made me cry out of anger for what others face and has made me realize how much I have to learn; but all of that has inspired me to keep working towards making health achievable for all. I would never change any of my experiences because they have made me realize I have the power to make waves of change."

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    Mesa, Arizona

    Prior Degree(s):

    Bachelors of Science in Biology with a Biomedical Emphasis from the University of Arizona

    Before entering the program:

    I was working on my Bachelors degree and then moved right into my Masters program. During that time, I was also working on my thesis in Public Health and was working in the UofA Housing Department.

    Why did you choose public health?

    Public health is the basis of all that we do in our lives and unfortunately, we do not put enough emphasis on taking actions that will last. I want to work on improving the policies surrounding health insurance and policies that focus on mental health. Public health allows me to work towards those goals while also providing opportunities to help people now and in the future.

    Why did you choose MEZCOPH?

    I love the community at MEZCOPH and had amazing peers and faculty in my undergrad. I knew the program was strong and would challenge and push me to get outside of my comfort zone while allowing me to work alongside individuals with similar goals.

    Public health interests:

    Behavioral Health, Cancer, Health Disparities, Health of Women, Children and Families, Public Health and Emergency Preparedness, Public Health Policy


    My internship is with Tucson Fire Department. There was a recent policy change the changed the shift rotation that firefighters work and we am looking into how that change has effected their sleep and health overall.

    Interests/hobbies outside of school:

    I love being outside either running, hiking or experiencing nature. I also enjoy working out, baking and traveling.

    Tip for future students:

    Don't be afraid to take risks and experience something outside of your comfort zone. Taking those risks often lead to experiences and ideas that you never knew you had interest in.

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