"MEZCOPH provides a great environment to learn and be challenged. I have gained valuable experiences during my time here, including research, internships, teaching, and travel opportunities that I could not have gotten elsewhere."
Rancho Cucamonga, CAPrior Degree(s):
BS, Statistics, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)Before entering the program:
Finishing up my BS in statistics where I did some work in evidence-based dentistry.Why did you choose public health?
I love math and have always wanted to pursue a career where I could make a difference in the lives of others. Biostatistics in public health is the perfect match for me to be able to do both.Why did you choose MEZCOPH?
I chose MEZCOPH because I felt that the faculty cared about my interests and goals. I have found it to be a great place to learn how to be an effective biostatistician in public health.Public health interests:
Biostatistics, epidemiology, clinical trials, cluster randomized trials, missing data, mixed effect modeling, cancer, psychometrics, health servicesDissertation:
Statistical approaches for handling missing data in cluster randomized trialsInterests/hobbies outside of school:
Outside of school, I love spending time with family and friends, traveling, hiking, cooking, trying new food, teaching marching band, and dancing (in my living room). I also love the beach and Disneyland.Tip for future students:
Network and take the initiative while working on your graduate level education - talk to students and faculty, gain research/internship/teaching experience, and go to professional conferences. It can be scary sometimes, but it’s well worth the opportunities and growth you receive in return. Also, make sure you to keep your life well-rounded, and take time to relax!