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Tanner "Tosh" Mihesuah

Tanner "Tosh" Mihesuah

MPH and Health Services Administration

"During my first year at MEZCOPH, I have been consistently surrounded by bright like-minded individuals who have a similar passion for tackling health disparities found in Public Health. These peer, teachers, and faculty have really made my time at MEZCOPH enjoyable and fly by so quickly."

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    Flagstaff, AZ

    Prior Degree(s):

    B.A. in Public Health at Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO.

    Before entering the program:

    Finishing my undergraduate degree and working as a roofer aid in Colorado.

    Why did you choose public health?

    People have harder paths to travel in life. It was this revelation I had earlier in my life that made me interested in the ideals and practices that align with public health. Throughout my journey in college I have developed a passion for wanting to understand what influences people’s health and wellbeing at the social, political, economic, and environmental levels.

    Why did you choose MEZCOPH?

    My interest in MEZCOPH stems from a variety of places in my academic career as well as my deep love for the southwest, specifically Arizona. I have lived and travelled extensively through Arizona, from growing up in Flagstaff to living in Tucson during my summer breaks.

    Public health interests:

    Behavioral Health, Border Health,Cardiovascular Disease, Disease Management, Disease Prevention, Diabetes, Environmental Health, Global Health, Health Disparities, Health Promotion, Injury Prevention, Native American Health, Nutrition & Diet, Occupational Health, Planning and Evaluation, Public Health and Emergency Preparedness, Tobacco and Substance Abuse.


    Aiding in the creation and development of an online contact tracing curriculum to be used by Maricopa Public Health Department.


    My dissertation will be related to the environmental factors influencing the transmission of vector-borne diseases in Puerto Rico, identification of breeding sites of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes and development of an exposure model to Zika, Dengue and Chikungunya virus in Puerto Rico.

    Interests/hobbies outside of school:

    Cooking, Hiking, Running, Working out, and Video Games.

    Tip for future students:

    Never be afraid to reach out to your peers, teachers, or faculty. Everyone around you wants to see you succeed and grow to your fullest potential.

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