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Nick Schweers

Nick Schweers

MPH Epidemiology

“I never expected that studying epidemiology at a graduate level would be as rewarding as MEZCOPH has made it. Being in a classroom with others students and experienced professors that share that passion has only fueled my love for public health!”

  • Hometown:

    Phoenix, Arizona

    Prior Degree(s):

    BS in Microbiology and Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Arizona

    Before entering the program:

    I was a research assistant for the UA College of Medicine Phoenix studying the biochemistry of viral infections.

    Why did you choose public health?

    I chose to be in public health because I wanted to do more with my passion for disease research than just performing bench-based research in a laboratory setting. Basic sciences research is fundamentally important, but I was missing the human component from my work.

    Why did you choose MEZCOPH?

    The programs offered by MEZCOPH are focused on training public health professionals for their eventual careers. Not only is there a strong focus on the cultivation of great students—the opportunity for preparation of individuals for their specific field is incredible. Also, you can’t beat living in a beautiful city like Tucson!

    Public health interests:

    I’m interested in infectious disease epidemiology and performing surveillance for outbreaks.


    Preparing the state’s extreme weather adaptation plan and Coccidioidomycosis incidence research with Arizona Department of Health Services.

    Interests/hobbies outside of school:

    Running, biking, hiking, and exploring Tucson’s unique dining establishments

    Tip for future students:

    No matter how hard you struggle with material in your courses, know that conquering the material will help to contribute to your success as a public health professional. Take time out of your studies to apply what you are learning in class. Get involved not only with your peers, but also with the numerous faculty members working on projects across the college.

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