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Steve Barnes

Steve Barnes

MPH Epidemiology

“The quality and caliber of opportunities MEZCOPH has provide me far exceeded my highest expectations for an MPH degree program, and that was just in my first semester.”

  • Hometown:

    Seattle, WA

    Prior Degree(s):

    BS Biological Sciences & Microbiology, Central Washington University

    Before entering the program:

    Prior to entering the MPH degree program, I spent 4 years working as a Research Associate for a structural biology company involved in early stage drug discovery for a variety of clients including large pharma companies.

    Why did you choose public health?

    I have always wanted to be an Epidemiologist, and for me, earning an MPH in Epidemiology is a key to achieving that goal.

    Why did you choose MEZCOPH?

    I chose MEZCOPH because its size allows for one-on-one interaction with faculty while still providing the quality of education you would expect from a leading university. In addition to the quality of education, opportunities for financial assistance were commonly available. For an out-of-state student such as myself, that was a very important factor as it allows me to get a quality education without the financial burden that I would take on with other universities.

    Public health interests:

    Infectious diseases, outbreak investigations, emergency preparedness.


    Assessing 30-day mortality for Severe Acute Respiratory Illness (SARI) using Death certificate data

    Interests/hobbies outside of school:

    Outside of school my hobbies are in the outdoors.  When possible, I spend my time hiking, backpacking and camping. Tucson has surprised me with what it has to offer in terms of outdoor activities.

    Tip for future students:

    Be open to any and all opportunities while you are in graduate school. If you say yes to opportunities, even if they are outside of your comfort zone, you will be pleasantly surprised at where they take you. These opportunities and the people you meet along the way will be invaluable in your future career as a public health professional.

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