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Sophia Yatsenko

Sophia Yatsenko

MPH Health Behavior Health Promotion

“MEZCOPH has provided me with life-long friendships, and connections among faculty members who have become mentors and immensely helped me grow in health behavior health promotion.”

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    Tucson, AZ

    Prior Degree(s):

    Bachelors of Science in Nutritional Science - University of Arizona

    Before entering the program:

    I was working in the medical field as a medical scribe prior to the MPH program.

    Why did you choose public health?

    After taking a year off of school and working in the medical field, I became aware of how passionate I am about public health. I realized how much work needs to be done on the side of preventative medicine and that many chronic diseases are manageable with health behavior rather than just the use of medications.

    Why did you choose MEZCOPH?

    MEZCOPH was a clear choice for myself due to its rich culture, great outreach, and connection to the community. MEZCOPH allows students to gain experience with both cutting edge public health research, as well as community based participatory research. Additionally, I love the city of Tucson.

    Public health interests:

    Nutrition and chronic disease.


    SMS based focus group on diet/ physical activity for Latina women who are cancer survivors.

    Interests/hobbies outside of school:

    Hiking, camping, snowboarding, spending time with my dogs, traveling with my family and friends, meeting new people, and experiencing different cultures.

    Tip for future students:

    Do not be intimidated by the program, and get involved in the school and community early on.

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