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Katey Redmond

Katey Redmond

MPH Family & Child Health - Global Health

“Graduate school is challenging but the MEZCOPH community has had my back and encouraged growth in ways I could not fathom at the start of my MPH. I will graduate with the ability to work on interdisciplinary teams, critically analyze health interventions from multiple perspectives, and be an inclusive public health professional.”

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    Albuquerque, New Mexico

    Prior Degree(s):

    Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Fort Lewis College

    Before entering the program:

    I served as an HIV Outreach Specialist with the Peace Corps in South Africa. Upon returning to the States, I recruited New Mexican schools for a national Non-profit’s fundraisers and service learning projects.

    Why did you choose public health?

    Public health chose me because it combined my passions for cross-cultural interactions, service, and science, and augments my psychology knowledge. Growing up in New Mexico, I saw how health disparities impacted children and wanted to be a part of the solution. However, I did not contemplate public health until college when I became enamored with international work through water and sanitation projects in Ecuador and then a semester abroad in Botswana. Those experiences solidified my decision to pursue an MPH, as it is a prominent degree requirement to work abroad in my desired capacity.

    Why did you choose MEZCOPH?

    MEZCOPH’s Family and Child Health with a Global Health Concentration, epitomized what I wanted out of an MPH and the proximity to US/Mexico border is ideal for global health. Yet, I was apprehensive as my undergraduate institution had about 5,000 students and the U of A’s size was a culture shock! During a campus visit, the student, faculty, and staff members I encountered made me feel supported and wanted at the college. Also, MEZCOPH enables me to remain in the beautiful deserts and mountains of the Southwest!

    Public health interests:

    Monitoring and Evaluation, Stigma Prevention, Psychosocial Aspects of Infectious Diseases, and Increasing Accessibility in the Global Health Workforce


    Developing Interventions to Reduce Pediatric Malaria and HIV in Female Sex Workers with Partners in Health, Rwanda

    Interests/hobbies outside of school:

    Hiking, Reading, Practicing French and Spanish, Keeping in touch with loved ones, and Dancing (I participate in Grupo Folklórico Miztontli, the U of A’s inclusive and student-run ballet folklórico group)!

    Tip for future students:

    Serve on MEZCOPH committees and choose electives out of your concentration. It is a great way to interact with the other disciplines and concentrations!

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