MPH Environmental Occupational Health - Industrial Hygiene
“The MEZCOPH community provides an opportunity to collaborate with diverse individuals who are open to unconventional thinking, and who value people’s differences. With faculty and peer support, you will grow both inside and outside of the classroom.”
Kalamazoo, MichiganPrior Degree(s):
BS Ecology, Evolution, Organismal Biology; Michigan State UniversityBefore entering the program:
I worked for the US Department of Agriculture in a methods/development and biological control lab. I performed field studies and control methods to reduce the harmful environmental impact caused by invasive insects.Why did you choose public health?
I chose public health because it is a multidisciplinary field that draws from very disparate disciplines. I will have the ability to work in various fields to understand and solve health problems.Why did you choose MEZCOPH?
MEZCOPH’s ABET-accredited Industrial Hygiene program and diverse faculty educational backgrounds provide an opportunity to explore my interests and possible career paths. Being able to go for a hike or bike to class in January, when it is 70 degrees and sunny, isn’t such a bad thing, either.Public health interests:
Understanding environmental and workplace hazards, and the mechanisms of reducing and controlling health risks associated with their exposure.Interests/hobbies outside of school:
Mountain biking and hiking, traveling, Pure Michigan, and Michigan State basketball and football (I am warming up to UA athletics and am a fan unless they are playing MSU).Tip for future students:
Build relationships with the professors you connect with; they are a great resource and will do anything they can to help you. Student groups/organizations are a great way to meet new friends and stay active in the MEZCOPH community.