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Kelly Heslin

Kelly Heslin

MPH Health Behavior Health Promotion

“MEZCOPH is a place where your self-confidence and areas of interest seem to expand without you even realizing it--take advantage of it, step out of your comfort zone, and hit the ground running!“

  • Hometown:

    Groveland, CA (a tiny town just west of Yosemite National Park)

    Prior Degree(s):

    BA Geography: Earth System Science, UC Berkeley

    Before entering the program:

    I lived a few lives between completing my undergraduate degree and coming to MEZCOPH at age 30. I spent many years working on environmental restoration projects in the Tahoe area for the California Tahoe Conservancy. I also worked as a pastry cook.

    Why did you choose public health?

    My own trials and tribulations with chronic pain and disease spurred my interest in public health. As I spent more and more of my spare time working with others suffering from my same conditions, I began to wonder if there was a way that I could find a path toward helping others as a profession.

    Why did you choose MEZCOPH?

    There are many reasons surrounding my choice to attend MEZCOPH. I was so impressed by the level of commitment of the staff and faculty to the students, which was apparent during the SOPHAS fairs and Prospective and Admitted Students Days. The distinction of the program, including the many top public health people associated with the college, was a factor, as well as the internship component of the degree. I couldn’t imagine pursuing a degree in public health without the kind of applied, hands-on learning that is expected and offered here.

    Public health interests:

    Education and Advocacy; Women’s Health; Endometriosis; Provider Education


    Development of an endometriosis education program for adolescent girls

    Interests/hobbies outside of school:

    Backpacking, hiking, exploring, cooking, baking, reading, my dog Lefty, live music

    Tip for future students:

    Don’t be afraid of Biostats! Really, don’t be afraid of anything. If it makes you nervous, odds are it will be something that you will ultimately excel at and take with you. Also, don’t forget to sleep. Your health is important, too!

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