Skip to main content

Click "Menu" to toggle open, click "Menu" again to close

Hanna Zarnegin

Hanna Zarnegin

MPH Health Behavior Health Promotion

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

  • Email:


    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.


    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!

The University of Arizona