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Sarah Buss

Sarah Buss

MPH Family & Child Health – Global Health

“I have had the opportunity to sit in class alongside many students and professors who have first-hand experience and expertise working globally. These intimate perspectives add relevance and great depth to our class discussions and projects.”

  • Hometown:

    Burlington, VT

    Prior Degree(s):

    Industrial Design, Wentworth Institute of Technology

    Before entering the program:

    Graphic Designer; Community College Visual Arts Instructor; Peace Corps Volunteer (Visual Arts Teacher at a School for the Deaf).

    Why did you choose public health?

    Having seen firsthand the health disparities during my Peace Corps service in Ghana, I was inspired to work toward improving the lives of mothers and children globally.

    Why did you choose MEZCOPH?

    MEZCOPH truly appreciates students with diverse backgrounds. This brings a great mixture of students to the program, which adds exceptional strength to it. This is essential, because public health is so closely interconnected with many other disciplines. Additionally, UA has an outstanding Peace Corps Fellows program that has provided me with an irreplaceable community and an amazing amount of support.

    Public health interests:

    I am looking to merge my MPH with my creative background, in order to develop a career in health communications consulting. Through this intersection of disciplines, my goal is to work on projects that place an emphasis on a visual, user-centered experience. I plan to contribute to our population’s health, through the clear communication of health messages.


    Living Streets Alliance’s Neighborhood Walkability Program, which engages neighborhoods in the greater Tucson region to think about how to make their community safer and more desirable to walk in.

    Interests/hobbies outside of school:

    Throwing pottery, soccer, jewelry making, and photography.

    Tip for future students:

    Remember to take time every week to do what you love: join a soccer team, take a class outside of your program, play guitar—do whatever it is that keeps you grounded.

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