MPH Health Behavior Health Promotion/MA Latin American Studies
“I am proud to call myself a part of the devoted and kindhearted student body that makes up MEZCOPH. The sense of community here is incredible and the program has exceeded my expectations in every category. I am gaining skills and experience in my passions that will make me a marketable job candidate after graduation. What else could you want in a graduate school experience?”
Merrimack, New HampshirePrior Degree(s):
BA International Affairs & Spanish, University of New HampshireBefore entering the program:
Between undergraduate and graduate school, I interned at a refugee resettlement agency, and served in the Peace Corps in Guyana as a Community Health Promoter.Why did you choose public health?
Doing development work abroad made me realize how interconnected health is with education, socioeconomic status, policy, and environment. The complexities of public health immediately fascinated me, and inspired me to work within this broad field with the hope of decreasing health disparities and making it easier for populations around the globe to live healthier lives.Why did you choose MEZCOPH?
I chose to come to MEZCOPH because of the unique and diverse environment of Tucson. There are so many opportunities to gain experience along the border, with migrant communities, and with the Hispanic population. Given my pursuit of a dual degree in Latin American studies, there was no better program to choose.Public health interests:
Health disparities, social determinants of health, migrant and border health, human trafficking, food accessibility, nutrition and exercise, health communications.Interests/hobbies outside of school:
Guitar, songwriting, open mic nights, language learning, competitive distance running, salsa (both the food and the dance), hula-hoop dancing, hiking, camping, backpacking on the cheap, and traveling near and far.Tip for future students:
Go out and volunteer when you get to Tucson! It's a great way to learn about the various nonprofits and community organizations in the city, and you'll feel immediately connected to your surroundings. Tucson has so much to offer!