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Jhenitza Raygoza

Jhenitza Raygoza

MPH Health Behavior Health Promotion

“MEZCOPH has served as a niche for academic, professional, and personal growth. It is a space where students are encouraged to think critically, give strong reason to our voice, and expand on our passions.”

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    Tucson, Arizona

    Prior Degree(s):

    Bachelor of Science in Psychology, The University of Arizona

    Before entering the program:

    Before entering the MPH program, I was gathering public health experiences in different subfields. I was able to gather experience in global medical brigade support in Ecuador, facilitated program planning and student support here at the University of Arizona Health Sciences, trained in behavioral and life skill training at the UA College of Science, and more.

    Why did you choose public health?

    Initially, I chose to study public health because I believed it was a great stepping stone to studying medicine. I quickly learned that there is more to it. I would often become fascinated by evaluating preventative care for many of the top health issues one day and become frustrated with structural barriers that perpetuate health inequity the next day. No one day is the same in this field of study.

    Why did you choose MEZCOPH?

    I chose MEZCOPH because it presented itself as the environment I needed to grow personally, professionally, and academically. I have always envisioned myself working in the field of Latinx health disparities. MEZCOPH has the support I will need to get there.

    Public health interests:

    Latinx Health Disparities, Social Justice, Chronic Disease Prevention


    Association of Protein Diet Consumption and NAFLD Amongst Mexican-Origin Population in Tucson, AZ

    Interests/hobbies outside of school:

    Traveling, reading, hiking, searching for the best tacos in town

    Tip for future students:

    Get to know and enjoy the people around you. Some of the best moments here are understanding others’ perspectives and backgrounds. You are now amongst the rising cohort of future health leaders. How cool is that?!

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