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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."

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    Frankfort, KY

    Prior Degree(s):

    B.A. Biology, minor in music performance & B.A. Environmental and Sustainability Studies. University of Kentucky

    Before entering the program:

    I served as an AmeriCorps VISTA for an organization focused on sustainable food systems and food insecurity in our community.

    Why did you choose public health?

    I chose public health because it encompasses every part of our lives, and also brings many of my academic and personal interests together. I love the preventative and solution-oriented aspects of the field. I feel that through public health, I can make a meaningful difference in people's lives.

    Why did you choose MEZCOPH?

    I was interested in the variety of research being done by faculty and all of the opportunities for student involvement. I also appreciated how closely MEZCOPH works with the community, which was particularly evident in the way they responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. The many interesting things to do and the unique culture in Tucson also really appealed to me.

    Public health interests:

    Environmental Health, Epidemiology, Health Disparities, Health of Women, Children and Families, Occupational Health


    I am interning with Research Laboratory and Safety Services at the University of Arizona, conducting an environmental and occupational health needs assessment at the Maricopa Agricultural Center and creating some safety trainings for campus researchers working with radiation.

    Interests/hobbies outside of school:

    Outside of school, I like to read and cook. Arizona has so many wonderful natural areas, so I also spend a lot of time camping, hiking, and rock climbing. Now that vaccinations have been distributed more widely, I’ve enjoyed getting to explore restaurants, cafes, and breweries around Tucson as well!

    Tip for future students:

    The importance of mental health cannot be emphasized enough. Graduate school poses so many unique stresses, but prioritize taking care of yourself and the rest will fall into place.

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