MPH Public Health Practice (Phoenix)
“Our professors encourage open dialogue and value what students say. The service learning component was an eye-opening and life-changing experience, the true meaning of passion.”
Phoenix, ArizonaPrior Degree(s):
BA Transborder Chicana/o Latina/o Studies and Spanish with a minor in Nonprofit Administration, Arizona State UniversityBefore entering the program:
Work as a Community Health Educator at a global nonprofit in Phoenix where I implement culturally appropriate obesity prevention curricula for both children and adults.Why did you choose MEZCOPH?
I have always been mindful that my passion lies within doing something that will allow me to reach people and make an important contribution to the lives of others, no matter how small that contribution might seem. I know that I can have an impact on the lives of others by focusing on the most important thing we all have: our health.Public health interests:
Preventive Health Education, Community Health, Program implementation and evaluationInternship:
To work with a local nonprofit in assisting with the enrollment of Hispanic families in the insurance marketplace. I will become familiar with the ACA, Health Plans and the enrollment process and will then become a certified navigator. I will then collaborate with community members who serve as community health workers to train and certify them as navigators to assist with enrollment. The objective is to enroll Hispanic members in health plans and to connect them to other resources as needed, to assess the enrollment process, provide recommendations on the process and how it can be improved, and finally, to present the findings to community stakeholders.Interests/hobbies outside of school:
Traveling and visiting new places.Tip for future students:
Get involved and make friends in your classes. Getting to know others and their perspective will help you learn more and grow as a public health professional.