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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."

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    Overland Park, KS

    Prior Degree(s):

    B.A. University of Kansas, in Latin American & Caribbean Studies (Honors)

    Before entering the program:

    I worked as the Hospital Preparedness Program Manager for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services

    Why did you choose public health?

    I chose public health after witnessing firsthand the health disparities and difficulties accessing care in rural communities. My experiences working with rural local public health departments was impactful and helped me connect the visible social determinants of health to a profession in public health.

    Why did you choose MEZCOPH?

    I chose MEZCOPH because of the welcoming community and the depth of faculty expertise in my area of interest. There are opportunities to work with national experts and to develop a greater understanding of public health policy and management.

    Public health interests:

    Border Health, Epidemiology, Health Disparities, Hispanic Health, Infectious Disease, Planning and Evaluation, Public Health and Emergency Preparedness, Public Health Policy, Rural Health



    Interests/hobbies outside of school:

    I enjoy hiking, spending time with my dog, and cooking elaborate meals for my friends and family.

    Tip for future students:

    There will be countless opportunities to get involved with public health work. Be strategic and choose those that fuel your passions.

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