“The intelligence and drive of MEZCOPH faculty, staff and students is palpable; the ability to work alongside such a steadfast community provides an immense sense of purpose.”
Cairo, Egypt / Tucson, ArizonaPrior Degree(s):
BS Public Health, Minors in Environmental Science and Arabic from the University of ArizonaBefore entering the program:
In between my studies I worked locally as a Coordinator with the Arizona Oncology Foundation, a non-profit providing resources and supplemental services for cancer patients. I was additionally supporting research projects with MEZCOPH.Why did you choose public health?
My decision to build a career in public health has been motivated by my passion to create positive and lasting change in people’s lives. The unique beauty of this field allows me to consider and draw upon a variety of disciplines, including statistics, health policy, and environmental sciences, and pragmatically apply these fields to effect positive change and educate communities.Why did you choose MEZCOPH?
I chose MEZCOPH for applying a wide lens in its consideration of public health topics, reflected by both the curriculum and faculty expertise. As a result, investigations are conducted with scrutiny and enthusiasm on a variety of critical public health topics.Public health interests:
I am currently involved and excited about a handful of projects including an antimicrobial stewardship program, evaluation of a coccidioidomycosis diagnostic assay, and an air monitoring pilot project. I am additionally interested in genetic and chronic disease epidemiology.Thesis:
My thesis will be on the analysis of a novel diagnostic assay for coccidioidomycosis (Valley Fever).Interests/hobbies outside of school:
If I’m not working out, spending time with my dog, or finishing another Parks and Rec marathon, I’m usually planning my next trip. Whether it’s a simple hike on Tumamoc, a weekend in another city, or visiting a new country, I’m always excited to learn and discover new places.Tip for future students:
Public health is a broad discipline, so it can be a little daunting to find your niche. Fortunately, the curriculum gives you the opportunity to explore directions you may have never considered before. Really try to dive into your classes, connect with professors, and engage with events/activities to learn what really fires you up.