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Chinagozi “Cheena” Ugwu

Chinagozi “Cheena” Ugwu

MPH Epidemiology

“I appreciate that MEZCOPH fosters a supportive environment and that there is also a sense of collaboration infused in the learning environment. That includes researchers, students and professors learning and working together. In almost every class, there is an opportunity to work in teams where different strengths and viewpoints can surface. It has really teaches you how to thrive, as team work is central and crucial to doing public health well.”

  • Hometown:

    Chapelton & Kingston, Jamaica by way of Enugu, Nigeria

    Prior Degree(s):

    BA Biology, Kenyon College

    Before entering the program:

    Was working as a tobacco prevention program coordinator in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In that position, I helped social service organizations incorporate tobacco prevention interventions into the services they offer clients, as well as educate Wisconsin elected officials and community members to become tobacco prevention advocates. I was also involved in efforts improve birth outcomes and eliminate the racial disparities in infant mortality in Wisconsin.

    Why did you choose public health?

    I like the interdisciplinary nature of public health. The fact that it intersects between medicine, social work and advocacy. I also appreciate that I can be part of research as well as implementation of that research into various communities. I want to be able to study diseases/ poor health outcomes, understand how and why it spreads/ manifests in certain populations and use that knowledge to partake in the eradication.

    Why did you choose MEZCOPH?

    I was completing an online Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology certificate through MEZCOPH, I enjoyed the courses offered and appreciated interactions I had with my instructors. Furthermore, while browsing the MEZCOPH website, I found out that there were professors doing research in areas I had interest.

    Public health interests:

    Infant and under-five mortality, infectious diseases, early childhood health and development, sexual violence, clinical trials.


    Use of Verbal Autopsy to Assess Causes of Under-five Mortality among Participants of the Healthy Beginning Initiative Study in Enugu, Nigeria

    Interests/hobbies outside of school:

    Attending Church, Exercising, Laughing!

    Tip for future students:

    Be involved as much as possible because amazing and unexpected opportunities will crop up.

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