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Anna Carolina Ortiz

Anna Carolina Ortiz

MPH Family and Child Health - Global Health

"MEZCOPH is not only a collection of inspiring faculty, dedicated administrators, and passionate students, it is a supportive community. It’s great to be a part of an institution that is constantly impacting change locally, nationally, and globally. MEZCOPH embodies exactly what I hoped to get out of my graduate school experience."

  • Hometown:

    Yuma, AZ

    Prior Degree(s):

    BA Sociology from Arizona State University

    Before entering the program:

    I worked for a global health non-profit organization where I coordinated surgical missions to Nicaragua in collaboration with a local NGO. I quickly learned the importance of providing medical care within a supportive public health system.

    Why did you choose public health?

    Prior to working as a Surgical Program Coordinator, I served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Panama. It was during my time in Panama that I learned what public health was and how important it is to the wellbeing of a community. That is when I realized that if I was to commit the rest of my life to service, I would do it through public health.

    Why did you choose MEZCOPH?

    MEZCOPH offers a great combination of world class research, faculty who are actively engaged in their field, incredibly supportive administrative staff, and not to mention, an extensive community of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. MEZCOPH embodies exactly what I hoped to get out of my graduate school experience.

    Public health interests:

    Infectious & chronic diseases, global health, health disparities, and international development.

    Internship:

    Participatory evaluation of rural water systems in Nicaragua

    Interests/hobbies outside of school:

    Dancing, live music, traveling, trying new foods, connecting with new people.

    Tip for future students:

    Take grad school for the opportunity that it is:  build lasting relationships with faculty and students, seek out and value your mentors, don’t be afraid to ask questions. These are all easy to do and easy not to do. They will make a difference in your grad school experience.

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