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Abby Lohr

Abby Lohr

MPH Family & Child Health - Global Health

"I would recommend MEZCOPH to prospective public health students because the college has an amazing service learning program (I love hands-on learning!); the faculty is ready and willing to teach students; the curriculum is challenging and yet relevant for future public health careers; and the community in Tucson is abundant with public health opportunities working with a variety of groups and issues."

  • Hometown:

    The mighty, mighty Rochester, Minnesota

    Prior Degree(s):

    International Studies and Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies, University of Wisconsin - Madison

    Before entering the program:

    Working as a medical translator at a migrant health clinic in southern Minnesota

    Why did you choose public health?

    During my service as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala, I learned about the importance of having public health resources such as health promoters, reduced-cost or free healthcare, as well as culturally appropriate services. I chose to get an MPH because I wanted a degree that would give me the knowledge, skills, and experience to work in a public health leadership position in which I can empower families to better their health.

    Why did you choose MEZCOPH?

    I chose MEZCOPH because I wanted to study border health disparities, several alums had spoken highly of the school, I wanted to live in and learn about a different region of the United States, and I had a great first visit! I came to admitted students day and was able to speak with many friendly students and faculty members and tour a second year MPH student's internship site. The trip allowed me to ask all my questions and get a feel for life as an MPH student in Tucson.

    Public health interests:

    Border Health Issues, Food Insecurity


    For my internship, I am doing an Evaluation of the School Garden Program in the Tucson Unified School District

    Interests/hobbies outside of school:

    Knitting! Swim/bike/run, backpacking, vegetables, travel

    Tip for future students:

    Take biostatistics in your first semester, RELAX, network with professors and community groups, get involved but also don't be afraid to say no , participate in Tucson cultural activities, buy an expensive U-lock and a cheap bike for commuting

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