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Leah Iverson

Leah Iverson

MPH Family & Child Health - Maternal and Child Health/MA Latin American Studies

"Upon admission, I immediately felt comfortable in MEZCOPH's MPH program by being personally welcomed by my faculty mentor, Dr. Duncan. That form of outreach set the tone and foundation for my first year and a great professional, collaborative relationship with one of many faculty members. I am proud of having been the co-chair, along with Elizabeth Funsch for MEZCOPH's 2013 Social Justice Symposium that was well attended and highlighted some very important public health research and disparities."

  • Hometown:

    Plymouth, MN

    Prior Degree(s):

    BA Anthropology and minor in Social & Justice Inquiry, Arizona State University

    Before entering the program:

    Peace Corps Volunteer in El Salvador; Team Lead at a child and adolescent behavioral health non-profit in Phoenix; Tour Director in Alaska and western Canada.

    Why did you choose public health?

    It is a degree that is very transferable that will allow you to work domestically or internationally; in leadership or administration; in clinical practice (with further credentials); tourism industry; and/or grassroots community development.

    Why did you choose MEZCOPH?

    MEZCOPH is an accredited public health program and UA is a great research university. Tucson is a fun town with a lot of recreational and professional opportunities. Additionally, UA has a phenomenal Peace Corps Fellows program which provided me funding for my graduate work.

    Public health interests:

    Health inequalities, adolescent health, healthcare for Latinos in the United States and in Latin America.


    An evaluation of the access to medical care for the poor, uninsured of Tucson, Arizona.

    Interests/hobbies outside of school:

    Soccer, kickball, hiking, traveling, hosting dinner parties, volunteering.

    Tip for future students:

    Get involved in community and campus activities to meet new people, make connections and have fun!

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