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Alicia Swift

Alicia Swift

MPH Family & Child Health - Global Health

“Being a part of MEZCOPH has allowed me to be an effective leader as a student and health clinic manager while enhancing my individual knowledge about the global aspects of public health.”

  • Hometown:

    The Dalles, Oregon

    Prior Degree(s):

    Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Communication from the University of Oregon

    Before entering the program:

    Before entering the MPH program at the University of Arizona, I served in the Peace Corps in Guatemala from 2010-2012 as a rural health volunteer.

    Why did you choose public health?

    I chose public health because I realized my passion for preventive health care while serving in the Peace Corps. Being able to work with a community to influence change, even in small ways, gave me great appreciation for other cultures.

    Why did you choose MEZCOPH?

    I chose MEZCOPH because I am very interested in Latino health and community health workers. Those are two areas that are very prevalent in this area and there is a lot of research and policy work surrounding them both.

    Public health interests:

    Preventative health policy as it relates to community health workers within the Latino population.


    This is to be determined, but currently I am the clinic manager at Clinica Amistad, a nonprofit, free health clinic that provides quality and integrative healthcare to uninsured persons. My plan is to further analyze how community health workers are utilized at our clinic as well as in the city of South Tucson, and to develop a training model that integrates clinical care and community health workers.

    Interests/hobbies outside of school:

    Rock climbing, live music, running, lifting weights, traveling, cycling, yoga and live theatre.

    Tip for future students:

    Get to know as many people in MEZCOPH as possible. There is phenomenal research and work being done right here at the University of Arizona and it will help define your path within public health by understanding potential careers and areas of focus.

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