MPH One Health
“MEZCOPH has given me the opportunity to explore my academic interests in a professional and respectful environment. More than that, it pushes my limits and encourages me to expand my knowledge through interactions with a wonderful interdisciplinary faculty and class.”
Bayamón, Puerto RicoPrior Degree(s):
Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences in Animal Science, University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez CampusBefore entering the program:
Before entering the MPH program, I was completing a B.A.S. in Animal Science and a Pre-Vet program at the University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez Campus, while also working at veterinary clinics.Why did you choose public health?
I chose public health because I wanted to work with biosecurity, food safety, zoonotic diseases and human-animal interactions. A substantial component of animal agricultural practices is ensuring human health by preserving animal health, which is why an MPH seemed appropriate. Additionally, I believe that working towards better human-animal interactions required a balanced knowledge in both sectors.Why did you choose MEZCOPH?
MEZCOPH represented a great opportunity for me to go out of my comfort zone and explore other settings and perspectives that contribute to the development of my professional competency. The MPH One Health program seemed appropriate for my academic interests and the faculty and staff were very responsive and supporting since day one.Public health interests:
One Health problems regarding biosecurity, food safety, human-animal interactions, and zoonotic diseases. Most of these involve epidemiology and policy development and management.Internship:
Assessment of risk factors contributing to stray animal population in Pima County.Interests/hobbies outside of school:
I enjoy reading and learning how to play piano.Tip for future students:
Don’t be afraid to diversify and explore your academic interests. Make sure you reach faculty, staff, and students to clear all your doubts. Entering an undergraduate or graduate program is a very important stage in your life and you should do so with confidence.