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Amanda Rodgers

Amanda Rodgers

MPH Family and Child Health - Maternal and Child Health

“I am continually grateful for the opportunity to study at MEZCOPH. Not only do I feel I am receiving an excellent education from the faculty and material, but also from my classmates and the amazing organizations and people in the Tucson community.”

  • Hometown:

    Challis, Idaho

    Prior Degree(s):

    BA in English; Writing Emphasis, Minor in Spanish at Boise State University, Boise, Idaho

    Before entering the program:

    Working in Portland, Oregon at Girl Scouts of Oregon and SW Washington in Membership Placement

    Why did you choose public health?

    I served two years as a Youth Development Volunteer for Peace Corps in Peru. My biggest project was in HIV/AIDS/STD and unwanted pregnancy prevention in the local high school of the community I lived in, and I realized just how passionate I was about it. I couldn’t picture myself doing anything else after that.

    Why did you choose MEZCOPH?

    MEZCOPH was my first choice for various reasons; it has a strong Returned Peace Corps Community and Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows program (which I am now a part of), strong community ties and work outside of the classroom, and it is situated in Tucson which has a diverse population and unique opportunities.

    Public health interests:

    Sexual Health; Women’s Health; Equal Access to Contraceptives and Family Planning; Sexual Assault/Sexual Assault Prevention


    Conducting research with the Sexual Assault Prevention Programs office on Bar Staff Perceptions of Sexual Aggression in Bars

    Interests/hobbies outside of school:

    Writing, reading, painting, hiking, yoga, thrift shopping, and cooking.

    Tip for future students:

    Be proactive and prepare yourself in graduate school like you would for any job, but also allow yourself time to find opportunities and new experiences that can’t be planned or expected ahead of time.

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