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Jimmy Chhun

Jimmy Chhun

MPH Epidemiology

“One of the most important things I gained from the program is the opportunity to build networking relationships. There are so many people that can help you pursue your passion, and the professors at MEZCOPH will do what they can to connect you to the right people.”

  • Hometown:

    Peoria, AZ

    Prior Degree(s):

    BS Biochemistry & BA Philosophy, University of Arizona

    Before entering the program:

    After undergrad, I worked as a research technician and lab manager in the UA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry. I also volunteered at University of Arizona Medical Center in the Emergency Department and for Gerinet Healthcare Hospice.

    Why did you choose public health?

    I want to work towards improving people’s health on a larger scale. Public health was a no-brainer and became the calling that I have been looking for.

    Why did you choose MEZCOPH?

    My interests in bridging epidemiology and public policy have led me to work with Drs. Elizabeth Jacobs and Kacey Ernst on the issue of immunization exemptions. Also, MEZCOPH’s ties with the other health sciences give students the opportunity to pursue interests that promote inter-professional partnerships with your future colleagues.

    Public health interests:

    My interest in public health lies at the intersection between epidemiology and policy, including clinical care research and developing evidence-based policy for health care delivery.


    Building a campaign for changing state immunization exemptions laws to reduce exemption rates.

    Interests/hobbies outside of school:

    I love to cook restaurant-y dishes (I’ve got pictures!). I’ve recently dabbled in photography, from taking pictures to post-production. Also I love getting competitive in volleyball, soccer, and tennis. We even have public health intramural teams!

    Tip for future students:

    “You get what you put in.” Find your passion and dive in, head first. The two years will fly by (trust me)!

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