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Meet Our Students

Are you interested in learning more about graduate students at the UA Zuckerman College of Public Health? Read about some of our outstanding student Ambassadors below. Feel free to connect with an Ambassador in one of the following ways:

  • Email an Ambassador through the email address on their profile
  • Follow us on Instagram @uazpublichealth
  • If you are interested in having a panel of public health graduate student Ambassadors speak in your class, student club, or organization, please contact us at coph-admit@email.arizona.edu.

Sarah Yeo

Sarah Yeo

PhD, Health Behavior Health Promotion

"MEZCOPH equips you with the tools to contribute to solving longstanding wicked problems such as health disparities. At the same time, this is where you could meet wonderful fellows on the challenging journey."

Celia Ritter

Celia Ritter

MPH, Environmental and Occupational Health

"Since beginning the program, I've developed new friendships, acquired many public health skills, and become a more confident student and person. My experience at MEZCOPH has prepared me to effectively serve others as a public health professional."

Niraly Patel

Niraly Patel

PhD, Health Behavior Health Promotion

"Don't be afraid to create opportunities for yourself. The road to success requires determination."

Breanna Lameman

Breanna Lameman

MPH, Health Behavior Health Promotion

"MEZCOPH offers multiple areas of study and I was able to chose my choice of area of study based on the classes I took at MEZCOPH as an undergrad and learn more about the graduate students experiences."

Heather Doss

Heather Doss

MPH, Health Behavior Health Promotion

"Since day one I have been continuously impressed and inspired by the projects and work being conducted by MEZCOPH faculty, staff and students. Through all of the classes that I have taken thus far, I have been introduced to new ways of thinking about health issues which has further shaped my mission as a future health professional. I am proud to be a part of the MEZCOPH community!"

Genesis Buckhalter-Horne

Genesis Buckhalter-Horne

MPH, Health Behavior Health Promotion

"Perfection is a ladder you will never reach the top of. Every time you think you've reached the top... somebody adds five more rungs. YOU are the only person who will never let you down, hold onto that."

Eniola Idowu

Eniola Idowu

MPH, Health Behavior Health Promotion

"During my time at MEZCOPH, I enjoyed being on the Social Justice Symposium committee and establishing relationships with colleagues/professors, which allowed me to pursue more valuable research experiences."

James Hollister

James Hollister

MS, Biostatistics

"My favorite MEZCOPH quality is the relationship between the faculty and the students. I've had the pleasure of working with many professors on projects, and they have always been so willing to teach and support me through every step of the process."

Zoe Baccam

Zoe Baccam

MPH, One Health

"I really enjoy the amount of mentors you can find from MEZCOPH who can help guide you in ways you didn't know were possible. There are so many professors, staff, and friends who can help you understand things about public health and your future path."

Rebecca Malham

Rebecca Malham

MPH, Public Health Policy and Management

"MEZCOPH feels like a community that values all its members. During my undergrad, I was part of two or three colleges and never felt as though I was recognized individually. At MEZCOPH I feel as though I am part of a community, but I am also recognized as an individual."

Katie Herder

Katie Herder

MPH, Biostatistics

"Even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, MEZCOPH has provided a community in which I’ve felt supported and able to thrive. The faculty and staff are passionate, approachable, and seem to really care about their students. Through MEZCOPH, I’ve been connected to so many interesting people and opportunities I hadn't expected. It is a terrific network to be apart of!"

Tatiana Gonzalez

Tatiana Gonzalez

MPH, Health Services Administration

"Everyone involved with MEZCOPH is proud to represent the college. Personally, the biggest reason I recommend MEZCOPH is the dedication the college (employers, students, professors, etc) has to helping their students. Everyone wants all students to succeed and will do all they can to assist with that."

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."

Erika Christine Austhof

Erika Christine Austhof

PhD, Epidemiology

"The University of Arizona has amazing faculty and students which create a community I'm proud to be a part of."

Josie Eck

Josie Eck

MPH, Health Behavior Health Promotion

"MEZCOPH has given me skills I will use in my future career but more importantly challenges me to be better."

Simran Sahnan

Simran Sahnan

MPH, Health Services Administration

"Not only has MEZCOPH brought me closer to my career goal, they have helped me reach goals that I didn't know I could achieve."

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."

Olu-Sola Kuku

Olu-Sola Kuku

MPH, Environmental and Occupational Health

"During my time at MEZCOPH, I have been able to meet some amazing people with similar interests. Thanks to the classes I have taken so far, I have also been able to narrow down my interests a bit and have started to figure out what it is I want to accomplish in the near future."

Maiya Block

Maiya Block

PhD, Health Behavior Health Promotion

"I am proud of MEZCOPH's interest in helping the community and being active members of many projects around Tucson, Pima County and Southern Arizona in general. I find my fellow students to be very collaborative as well and interested in making a difference in the world."

Cody Welty

Cody Welty

MS/PhD Health Behavior Health Promotion

“In my time at MEZCOPH, the experience and knowledge I have gained from coursework, my advisors, and other activities has been invaluable. There are opportunities available for local organizations, government, and within MEZCOPH, and I am always able to make new connections with the community and people.”

 Brianna Rooney

Brianna Rooney

DrPH, Public Health Policy & Management

"I have been pleasantly surprised by the welcoming MEZCOPH community and the many opportunities to get involved in impactful work. The support I feel from the faculty, advisors, and students enables me to achieve my professional and personal goals in public health."

Dasy Resendiz

Dasy Resendiz

MPH, Health Behavior Health Promotion / MA Latin American Studies

"I have been fortunate to meet and connect with students and faculty that have partnerships with the Tucson and the Nogales community. Through their work and partnership engagement, they have taught me that the work that I am passionate about, matters! I recommend MEZCOPH to other students because there are individuals who are passionate about making a difference in the underserved communities of Tucson an all-around."

 Valerie Madera-Garcia

Valerie Madera-Garcia

PhD, Epidemiology

“MEZCOPH has given me the opportunity to engage in significant research that will contribute to the improvement of the health of my fellow Puerto Ricans. For that, I will be eternally grateful.”

 Emmanuel González Figueroa

Emmanuel González Figueroa

PhD, Environmental Health Sciences

“I’m proud of being a MEZCOPH student. It has provided me the tools to work with multiple cultures and traditions in rural Arizona while conducting research on my field of interest:  air quality."

 Hamza Butt

Hamza Butt

PhD, Biostatistics

"One of the most interesting experiences here has been that I tend to enjoy the difficult classes more. The first 2 or 3 lectures for my probability class under Dr. Joe Watkins depicted a quite conceptually challenging course ahead. However, his genius way of incorporating humor during lectures made me push the hardest for this class, including Wednesday all-nighters trying to learn how to type in Latex. My experience with the High Dimensional Analysis and Statistics classes this term is similar. MEZCOPH’s structuring of these important courses has helped foster a deeper interest in biostatistics, which will continue to grow during my time here."

Magdiel Habila

Magdiel Habila

PhD, Epidemiology

“During my time at MEZCOPH, I have been introduced to new perspectives, developed relationships with colleagues and professors, and have had the opportunity to pursue amazing research experiences. It has been amazing to be a part of a college that seeks to serve the community – in Tucson, the United States, and internationally.”

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