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Elizabeth (Beth) Frailey

Elizabeth (Beth) Frailey

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."

  • Hometown:

    Belvidere, Illinois

    Prior Degree(s):

    Bachelor of Science in Integrative Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    Before 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 vaccinations

    Interests/hobbies outside of school:

    Hiking around Tucson, traveling, family time

    Tip 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!

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