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Alexis Wait

Alexis Wait

MPH, Family and Child Global Health

"MEZCOPH has provided me with many academic, social, and professional opportunities. The community is welcoming, inclusive, and greatly expanded my understanding of global public health."

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    Allegan, MI

    Prior Degree(s):

    The University of Michigan (2015), Bachelor of Science in Anthropology and a minor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

    Before entering the program:

    Prior to entering the MPH program I served in the U.S. Peace Corps as a science teacher in Sierra Leone.

    Why did you choose public health?

    As an undergraduate I became very interested in the field of parasitology and infectious disease. Originally, I thought of pursuing a PhD in the ecology of infectious disease, but my Peace Corps experience changed my global perspective and professional goals.While in the People Corps I discovered the fields of public health, global health, and epidemiology. I chose public health because I believe everyone should have access to equitable health and healthcare.

    Why did you choose MEZCOPH?

    I chose MEZCOPH because of the college's mission to improve the health and wellness of underserved communities in the Southwest and globally. When I first arrived in Tucson to visit MEZCOPH I knew I belonged here.

    Public health interests:

    Disease Management, Disease Prevention, Epidemiology, Global Health, Health Disparities, Infectious Disease, Public Health and Emergency Preparedness


    In collaboration with Dr. Mona Arora, Dr. Sabrina Helm, and Devin Bayly, we are working to understand the retail sector's response toCOVID-19 in the United States.

    Interests/hobbies outside of school:

    Rock climbing, ultimate frisbee, hiking, cooking, and talking sweet to every dog I see passing by.

    Tip for future students:

    Network with professors, students, and the community. There are so many opportunities available that are both professional and social, take advantage of them! Also, the Southwest is a beautiful region, go explore!

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