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Amy Nematollahi

Amy Nematollahi

PhD, Environmental Health Sciences

"I am so grateful for the guidance and encouragement I have received from my mentors and friends at MEZCOPH who have pushed me to work hard and think even harder."

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    Tucson, AZ

    Prior Degree(s):

    BS Anthropology, University of Arizona; MPH Environmental Health Sciences, Columbia University.

    Before entering the program:

    After I completed my MPH in 2016, my family and I stayed in New York and I took two years to be home with my son while my husband finished his residency.

    Why did you choose public health?

    I chose to go into public health because I believe that health is a human right, and health inequities that burden entire populations can be addressed through research and preventative measures.

    Why did you choose MEZCOPH?

    I chose MEZCOPH because of the amazing faculty and staff who immediately made me feel inspired and supported.

    Public health interests:

    Biostatistics, Cancer, Environmental Health, Epidemiology, Genetics, Health Disparities, Health of Women, Children and Families, Hispanic Health, Infectious Disease, Native American Health, Occupational Health


    Exposure to per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances and associated health effects in firefighters.

    Interests/hobbies outside of school:

    I like to hike in the desert, run while listening to podcasts, bake all things sourdough, and attempt to keep my garden and plants alive.

    Tip for future students:

    Find your "why", your purpose, and joy in what you do. And don't give up when learning is hard, because that's when you're doing important work.

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