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Heidi Dugi

Heidi Dugi

MPH Family and Child Health - Maternal and Child Health

“The program has brilliant professors, beyond helpful support staff, and opportunities for advancement almost every day. There are plenty of opportunities to make meaningful connections to professors who really care about you and your goals. The staff help a lot with the admissions process and communicate effectively during the school year. I also get emails and updates from them daily on opportunities for internships, fellowships, and scholarships from all over the US and internationally.”

  • Hometown:

    Tuba City, Arizona

    Prior Degree(s):

    BSHS in Health Education from The University of Arizona College of Public Health

    Before entering the program:

    I worked in tribal health care, health promotion, and diabetes prevention programs as a health educator and program coordinator.

    Why did you choose public health?

    It amazed me how public health professionals can change the course of health for thousands of people even with limited resources. There is a need for dynamic change in health for Native communities by emphasizing community-based care and prevention.

    Why did you choose MEZCOPH?

    I enjoyed MEZCOPH as an undergraduate and already knew about the great reputation of MEZCOPH’s graduate program. Plus, MEZCOPH collaborates and partners with many Arizona tribal communities in many different areas of research. I was immediately comfortable here and the program felt like home to me.

    Public health interests:

    Cancer Prevention among American Indians and Diabetes Prevention in Youth and Young Adults


    Navajo Perspectives on the Effects of the Gold King Mine Spill

    Interests/hobbies outside of school:

    Volunteering with Native youth and other Native organizations around Tucson, hiking, watching college sports, and being with my family.

    Tip for future students:

    Choose a school that will help you reach your goals and succeed while giving back to the community.

The University of Arizona