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Andrea Wheeler

Andrea Wheeler

MPH Family & Child Health - Global Health

“I would recommend MEZCOPH to others because MEZCOPH provides so many opportunities for leadership, involvement and engagement. Once accepted into the college, I was warmly welcomed by my faculty mentor. I enrolled in a service learning course before the semester started,  where I met a number of my classmates and got to learn about public health in action. Lastly, the professors in MEZCOPH are knowledgeable and approachable.”

  • Hometown:

    Tucson, Arizona

    Prior Degree(s):

    BS Family Studies and Human Development from the University of Arizona

    Before entering the program:

    Working as a Community Environment Development Promoter with the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic.

    Why did you choose public health?

    I am passionate about health because it is such a broad and varied field. Health impacts all people in every stage of life. I love working with adolescents and exploring new ways to communicate health messages in a rapidly changing world. I love being active and helping people live healthy lives.

    Why did you choose MEZCOPH?

    I chose MEZCOPH because it had the concentration of Family and Child Health - Global Health, which is my main interest. I also chose MEZCOPH because of the Peace Corps Fellows program. MEZCOPH is also in a great location to examine health disparities in the United States, as well as near the border with Mexico.

    Public health interests:

    I love to learn about how health impacts family and community dynamics. I am passionate about adolescent health, reproductive education, maternal and child nutrition, and refugee health.


    Assessment of a Refugee Health Promotion Program Utilizing Health Promoters

    Interests/hobbies outside of school:

    Working with undergraduates, helping the homeless in Tucson, hanging out with my husband, reading, hiking, traveling, and enjoying Tucson

    Tip for future students:

    Although graduate school may seem intimidating at first (I myself was intimated), try to get involved and develop relationships with your classmates. Also, you’re only in graduate school for a short amount of time so try and make the most of every opportunity-read those emails, go to the seminars or free lunches, participate in clubs, and network early!

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