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Nicholas Jennings, MPH

Nicholas Jennings, MPH

DrPH Public Health Policy and Management

“The doctoral program is very fluid in that you can really tailor the program to your interests. The professors are easily accessible to brainstorm research ideas and are more than willing to help you with the dissertation process.”

  • Hometown:

    Bismarck, ND

    Prior Degree(s):

    BS Zoology and BA Spanish, North Dakota State University; MPH Public Health Administration and Policy, University of Minnesota

    Before entering the program:

    Working in the health care industry.

    Why did you choose public health?

    I am very interested in health policy and how it shapes the interaction of patients and individuals with the health care system. While America spends close to 18% of its GDP on health care we have low health outcomes when compared to other developed countries. This compelled me to learn more about the health care industry and explore the opportunities for health care improvement in America.

    Why did you choose MEZCOPH?

    MEZCOPH has a strong focus on rural health and health disparities. The Arizona State Office of Rural Health is located at the school. MEZCOPH even has its own federally funded Center for Rural Health. The opportunity to focus on research involving a disadvantaged rural community was too good to pass up! The nice weather doesn’t hurt either!

    Public health interests:

    Rural Health, Aging and public health, hospital administration, predictive modeling, comparative effectiveness research, financing of the health care system, administrative claims database analysis.


    Comparison of utilization rates of preventive services pre and post Obama care implementation and the relationship to health outcomes.

    Interests/hobbies outside of school:

    Geocaching, hiking, working out, video games, exploring new restaurants and bars, movies, professional sports.

    Tip for future students:

    Get involved in student organizations and always speak up in class. You will get out of the program what you put in. Some people are comfortable to just get a degree and do the minimum required work, however I encourage you to push yourself to do better and really expand your horizons and thought potential.

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