MPH Health Behavior Health Promotion
"The best thing about MEZCOPH has been the people. The unique relationship between the college and the community of Tucson fosters a great learning environment where students can exchange ideas in classroom discussions, as well as earn first-hand experience with community health programs."
Belvidere, IllinoisPrior Degree(s):
Bachelor of Science in Integrative Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignBefore entering the program:
Before coming to MEZCOPH, I was working as a family resource developer in a health clinic on the west side of Chicago. My job was part of a grant-funded project to integrate behavioral health into the pediatric clinic. While there, I learned how to implement behavioral health surveys, work with large grant funders, and understand the complexities of evaluating such a large initiative. I also worked with other local agencies in Chicago to obtain resources for our patients.Why did you choose public health?
Before working in the health center, I lived in a rural community of Panama as a Peace Corps Volunteer. While there, I developed a love for working with community members on water/sanitation and educational and environmental projects which ultimately impacted their health. Public health is a field that allows you to meet so many diverse people and work together towards a common goal. Though cliché, I chose public health because I wanted to change the world, and I wanted the world to change me.Why did you choose MEZCOPH?
MEZCOPH is more of a community than a college. Right away, MEZCOPH stood out from other Public Health programs with the incredibly approachable, responsive, and distinguished faculty and staff. Every question I had was answered, and every concern I had was addressed as the MEZCOPH family welcomed me to Arizona. Additionally, MEZCOPH focuses on community-based participatory research and program planning that includes community members. This is exactly what I was looking for as I develop career skills for community health initiatives.Public health interests:
I am interested in infectious diseases, health disparities, and the relationship that those two topics have on each other.Internship:
Identifying health information dissemination strategy, specifically surrounding Pertussis vaccinationsInterests/hobbies outside of school:
Hiking around Tucson, traveling, family timeTip for future students:
Public health is a broad field. Try to find a topic/area that interests you and go for it. Additionally, don’t be afraid to reach out to faculty. They are friendly and approachable, and that’s what they are here for!