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Rodrigo Valenzuela-Cordova

Rodrigo Valenzuela-Cordova

MPH - Health Behavior Health Promotion

“During my time at MEZCOPH, I have been introduced to new perspectives, developed relationships with colleagues and professors, and have had the opportunity to pursue amazing research experiences. It has been amazing to be a part of a college that seeks to serve the community – in Tucson, the United States, and internationally.”

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    Tucson, AZ

    Prior Degree(s):

    Bachelor of Science in Public Health, The University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health

    Before entering the program:

    Before entering the MPH program, I was working as the Office Specialist at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. I was also a non-degree seeking student in the The University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health taking courses to get ahead on my MPH degree.

    Why did you choose public health?

    I chose public health because it has opened many more doors to various opportunities found within the health sciences. I am an aspiring physician and I believe that the training I receive in public health will allow me to become a better physician a provide culturally appropriate care for rural and border region communities.

    Why did you choose MEZCOPH?

    I completed my undergraduate degree in public health at MEZCOPH. During this time, I had the opportunity to experience how inviting and accepting this college was to students and their ideas. Several individuals who were completing or have completed their graduate degrees at MEZCOPH had shared amazing things about the college and how much more competent they felt as they pursued careers in the public health field.

    Public health interests:

    Border Health, Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease, Disease Prevention, Diabetes, Global Health, Health Disparities, Health Promotion, Hispanic Health, Native American Health, Nutrition & Diet, Obesity, Planning and Evaluation, Public Health Policy, Rural Health

    The Impact of COVID-19 on Social Determinants of Health and Research Methods for NAFLD Prevention and Treatment in Mexican Origin Adults
    Interests/hobbies outside of school:

    My hobbies outside of school include traveling, hiking, camping, photography, music, and spending time with friends and family. I also love hitting up new food spots in and around town!

    Tip for future students:

    Working hard in school is a given. However, playing hard is just as important! Enjoy your time in the program by getting involved in and out of school, making plans with your friends, and checking out the beautiful trails in Tucson!

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