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Hanna Zarnegin

Hanna Zarnegin

MPH Health Behavior Health Promotion

“The MEZCOPH family has provided me with opportunities, support, and life-long connections.”

  • Email:

    hannaz@email.arizona.edu

    Hometown:

    Corvallis, Oregon

    Prior Degree(s):

    Bachelor’s of Science - Public Health with a minor in Spanish from Oregon State University

    Before entering the program:

    I finished my undergraduate degree in June of 2016 and continued interning for The Good Samaritan Regional Cancer Center in Corvallis before starting my MPH at the U of A. I worked with the Oncology Outreach Coordinator to develop and implement free cancer health screenings in the community, both in Spanish and English.

    Why did you choose public health?

    I chose public health because of the diversity of the profession. I am interested in chronic disease prevention through education, policy change, and social justice. Public health allows me to incorporate all three in the work that I do and does not limit my growth as a public health professional. After obtaining my MPH I will be able to choose from many different career paths that will positively impact my community.

    Why did you choose MEZCOPH?

    One of the main reasons that I was interested in MEZCOPH was the integration of in-class education, community-based fieldwork, and research opportunities. I have lived in a small town in the northwest for my entire life, so the Tucson environment seemed like a perfect change that would expand my public health experience.

    Public health interests:

    Chronic disease prevention and adolescent health education.

    Internship:

    My current internship is through the University of Arizona Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health as the Healthy 2B Me summer camp coordinator in Tucson. This is a public health based summer camp for underserved and refugee youth ages 7-13. I will be conducting a program evaluation of the camp as well as making curriculum adaptations and collecting data for future research.

    Interests/hobbies outside of school:

    Outside of school, I enjoy hiking, DIY projects, and petting dogs!

    Tip for future students:

    Remember to ALWAYS pack lots of snacks with you. Even when you don’t think you’ll need them….emergencies happen!

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