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"Belonging to MEZCOPH has incredibly improved my personal, academic and professional development. Every class, every assignment, project and topic discussed has had a meaning to my comprehension on how public health works and the core values that this field represents for health and communities."
Yuma, ArizonaPrior Degree(s):
Prior my graduate education, I attended the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and received my Bachelor’s Degree in Science with a Major in Public Health.Before entering the program:
Before entering the MPH program at MEZCOPH, I was working on my Bachelor’s Degree at UA while working as an Undergraduate Research Assistant for Nosotros – Comprometidos a Su Salud lead by Dr. David Garcia.Why did you choose public health?
I chose the career of Public Health because of the significant impact it can imply to a population perspective in the search for health equity. My bi-national roots afford me a unique understanding of two worlds and a perspective of how these intertwined environments affect health disparities on the border. This understanding and a drive to bring about change is what fuels my passion for public health.Why did you choose MEZCOPH?
I chose the UA and MEZCOPH because of the recognition the MPH program has across the state and the country. Additionally, I built some great professional relationships that inspired me to stay after receiving my bachelors and continue working towards current efforts serving the Hispanic population in Tucson.Public health interests:
Health disparities and minority health, Latino health, border health, community-based participatory research, behavior change, social justice, and interdisciplinary efforts are some of my areas of interest.Interests/hobbies outside of school:
Practice any kind of indoor and outdoor sports, running, movies, try different kinds of restaurants and foods.Tip for future students:
As an incoming graduate student in MEZCOPH, I would recommend to really make an effort to network and try to get to know as many faculty, staff and professors as possible. The relationships that a student can build while attending to MEZCOPH can truly make a difference in terms of future opportunities and personal, academic and professional growth.