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Jennifer Shipley

Jennifer Shipley

MPH Health Behavior Health Promotion

“MEZCOPH provides an abundance of opportunities to learn about all facets of public health. From service learning projects, faculty interactions, and internships to discussions with classmates, you will value your time at MEZCOPH as a unique learning experience.”

  • Hometown:

    Escalon, CA

    Prior Degree(s):

    B.S. in Exercise Science, minor in Psychology, California Lutheran University

    Before entering the program:

    Before entering the MPH program, I was completing my senior year of undergraduate college. I was the Healthy Living Intern for Cal Lutheran’s Wellness Programs. In this position, I was a co-leader for Cal Lutheran’s Inaugural Biggest Loser Program, and I organized monthly Farmer’s Markets.

    Why did you choose public health?

    I chose public health because I want to make a positive difference in people’s lives by helping and guiding them to pursue a healthy lifestyle.

    Why did you choose MEZCOPH?

    I chose MEZCOPH because the staff, faculty, and students were friendly and very helpful. They took the time to personally ensure that I had the resources to succeed in the MPH program. MEZCOPH provided me with many resources, from financial aid to internship opportunities. Everyone here wants to see you succeed. Plus, living in Tucson was going to be a new and fun experience!

    Public health interests:

    Physical Activity, College Health Promotion, and Health Behaviors


    Comparison of self-reported versus accelerometer-measured versus pedometer-measured physical activity among ovarian cancer survivors

    Interests/hobbies outside of school:

    Hiking, running, going to UA football games and other sporting events, and finding unique and local restaurants around Tucson.

    Tip for future students:

    Be open-minded about your grad school search. Apply to schools even if you think you would never be interested in attending; you may just attend an admitted student’s day and fall in love with the campus and community.

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