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Juanita Trejo

Juanita Trejo

MPH Health Behavior Health Promotion

“The university and local community are welcoming and eager to help you succeed. There is an enormous amount of opportunity for you to pursue your goals while helping the community.”

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    Livingston, California

    Prior Degree(s):

    B.S. Biological Science with emphasis in Human Biology - University of California, Merced

    Before entering the program:

    Prior to entering into the MPH program, I was a Youth Development Peace Corps volunteer in El Salvador.

    Why did you choose public health?

    I chose public health because I found that helping people prevent disease was more important than only trying to cure them once they fall ill. My work in El Salvador exposed me to preventative medicine and public health work. This opened my eyes to the possibility of helping more than just one person at a time. Especially in underserved communities, prevention is more powerful in keeping them from facing greater challenges; economic hardship due to expensive medical bills or the inability to access the care they need. Through public health efforts, I believe we can progress towards health equity.

    Why did you choose MEZCOPH?

    I chose MEZCOPH because I was really drawn to the program’s focus on the local and underserved communities as well as the welcoming feeling of the university. The fast response from administration and their willingness to help was a big reason I decided on MEZCOPH.

    Public health interests:

    My public health interests include improving access to mental health services and reducing stigma.

    Interests/hobbies outside of school:

    A hobby I picked up after moving to Tucson was cycling; there are so many wide roads and bike paths that riding my bike is very accessible and an easy way for me to de-stress. I also love to bake for friends and family; it’s another easy way for me to relieve stress and express my love towards others.

    Tip for future students:

    Make sure to do your research and definitely visit the campus and Tucson more than once if you can; it’s a great university and a lively town. Also, be sure to network with people who have reached out to you and with your professors and classmates. Building a support network will increase your success and happiness here.

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