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Christine Gruessner

Christine Gruessner


"The best thing about MEZCOPH has been the people. There is a great deal of diversity in terms of students' expereinces, goals, and concentrations, which is reflected in engaging class discussions and exchange of ideas."

  • Hometown:

    Mainz, Germany

    Prior Degree(s):

    BA in Biological Sciences (Immunology), University of Chicago

    Before entering the program:

    Finished 2nd year of medical school

    Why did you choose public health?

    I am interested in how medicine and public health are integrated; through this program I have learned about public health issues and then directly related them to medical practices. Also, I wanted to build research skills in biostatistics and epidemiology.

    Why did you choose MEZCOPH?

    I chose MEZCOPH because of the unique structure of the MD/MPH program and because of its expert professors, great resources, and welcoming atmosphere.

    Public health interests:

    Clinical trials management, disease monitoring and evaluation, health disparities, evidence-based medicine, statistical methods in medical research, big data


    World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe (Copenhagen, Denmark); “Improving the representativeness of influenza viruses to inform seasonal influenza vaccine strain selection”

    Interests/hobbies outside of school:

    When I’m not busy with clinical rotations, I spend my time working on research projects, running, playing racquetball, and catching up on sleep.

    Tip for future students:

    My advice to students would be to find public health topics that they are passionate about early on and to pursue them in studies or in research.

The University of Arizona