PhD, Health Behavior Health Promotion
"MEZCOPH equips you with the tools to contribute to solving longstanding wicked problems such as health disparities. At the same time, this is where you could meet wonderful fellows on the challenging journey."
Daegu, South KoreaPrior Degree(s):
B.A. Korean/English Language and Literature, Kyungpook National University MPP. University of Minnesota (with minors in Program Evaluation and Public Health)Before entering the program:
I worked as an evaluation and research specialist at World Vision, an international development NGO.Why did you choose public health?
While working in the domain of international development, I had opportunities to witness firsthand the impact of public health interventions and been deeply intrigued by its potential in communities that are often marginalized.Why did you choose MEZCOPH?
While equipping students with theoretical and methodological tools, the curricula offered by the program also focus on and incorporate sociocultural factors. This provides a valuable lens through which social determinants of health could be better understood and addressed. Also, the college is deeply engaged with the communities, serving underserved populations.Public health interests:
Global Health, Health Disparities, Health of Women, Children and Families, Health Promotion, Public Health PolicyDissertation:
My dissertation topic is still evolving, yet it would be related to maternal health care access among refugee women.Interests/hobbies outside of school:
As I am relatively new to Tucson, I try to explore the city as much as possible, doing camping and enjoying local foods and festivals.Tip for future students:
Always reach out for new opportunities and help from faculty members and explore! You never know where this might lead you to.
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