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Pima County Health Department


Dr. Iman Hakim and Bob England
Dean Iman Hakim and Dr. Bob England

In June 2019, the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and Pima County Health Department signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish the Academic Health Department. This mutually beneficial partnership is designed to enhance public health instruction, practice, research, and workforce development to improve health in Pima County. Download the Memorandum of Understanding.

The Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and Pima County Health Department has a long, successful partnership. The signing of the MOU celebrates the organizations’ strong relationships and commitment to further strengthen the links between public health practice and academia.

During the Summer of 2019, representatives from Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and Pima County Health Department formed a planning committee to develop the Academic Health Department’s inaugural Work Plan for the 2019-2020 academic year. Download the Academic Health Department Work Plan.

The Academic Health Department Work Plan includes initiatives such as partnering with the Western Region Public Health Training Center to establish mini-public health schools, developing and implementing monthly orientation events at Pima County Health Department and Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, presenting at the Academic Health Department Summit in Fall 2019, developing student internship preceptor trainings, hosting a Fall 2020 Internship Poster Forum, and establishing scholarship opportunities for health department staff.

Academic Health Department Launch

On August 16th, 2019, the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and Pima County Health Department launched the Academic Health Department. Dean Iman Hakim presented the inaugural mini-public health school. Over 80 people attended this event, including faculty, students, and staff from the University of Arizona, Pima County Health Department staff, and staff from the Arizona Department of Health Service.

Mini-Public Health Schools

In an effort to develop the current and future public health workforce, the Academic Health Department has established a competency-based mini-public health school. Mini-public health schools are held monthly at Pima County Health Department and are live-streamed through Zoom. CE credits are available through the Western Region Public Health Training Center. This project would not be possible without Academic Health Department  interns, Elizabeth Richardson and Zoe Baccam. Elizabeth and Zoe work closely with each mini-public heath school presenter to develop competency-based learning objectives and infographics for each session.

Pima County Mini Public Health School Schedule

Location: Abrams Public Health Center Suite 100
3950 S. Country Club Rd. 85714
Room 1108-1110 
11:30 AM- 12:30 PM*

Fall 2019

Dean Hakim

August 16th: Dean Iman Hakim 
Title: If You Think All Tea is The Same, Think Again
Infographic | Competency-Based Learning Objectives

Dr. Heather Carter

September 12th: Dr. Heather Carter
Title: Policy, Politics, and Advocacy for Health and HealthCare in Arizona
Infographic | Competency Based Learning Objectives

Dr. Kelly Reynolds

October 10th: Dr. Kelly Reynolds
Title: Germ Transmission and Hygiene Interventions
Infographic | Competency Based Learning Objectives

Martha Monroy Brian Eller

November 14th: Martha Monroy and Brian Eller
Title: Improving Programming through Partnership: The Value of Assessment and Evaluation.
Infographic | Competency Based Learning Objectives

Dr. Sheila Parker Linda Dingle

December 19th: Dr. Sheila Parker and Linda Dingle
Title: Common to You: The Challenges of Health Literacy for Populations and Health Professionals
*The December Mini-Public Health School will be held from 12:30 PM- 1:30 PM
Infographic | Competency Based Learning Objectives

Spring 2020
Ashley Lowe Rebecca O’Brien

Thursday, January 9th: Ashley Lowe and Rebecca O’Brien
Title: The Pima County Stock Inhalers for Schools Program: A collaboration to increase access to rescue medication in Arizona schools
Infographic | Competency-Based Learning Objectives

Kate Ellingson

Monday, February 24th: Dr. Kate Ellingson
Title: Antimicrobial resistance and stewardship: Current challenges & future solutions
Infographic | Competency Based Learning Objectives

Mona Arora Spencer Graves

Rescheduled TBD: Dr. Mona Arora and Spencer Graves
Title: Coming Soon!

Kacey Ernst 

Rescheduled TBD: Dr. Kacey Ernst and Amanda Anderson
Title: Mosquitos in a Changing Environment​
Infographic | Competency Based Learning Objectives

Chris Cutshaw Jessica Dalton

Rescheduled TBD: Dr. Chris Cutshaw and Jessica Daltron
Title: Why Does Early Childhood Education Matter for Later Health?
Infographic | Competency Based Learning Objectives


Monthly Partnership Activities at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health

Every semester, each MEZCOPH department hosts a college-wide seminar featuring a speaker on a timely public health topic. Health department staff are always welcome to attend MEZCOPH's college-wide seminars and other MEZCOPH events. For a list of upcoming college-wide seminars and other events, view the MEZCOPH calendar.

Pima County Health Department Orientation

Four times a year, Pima County Health Department hosts a new employee orientation. Five spots are available for public health undergraduate and/or graduate students. The four-hour orientation provides students with an opportunity to learn about the history and current structure of Pima County Health Department, tour the health department, and meet division managers.

If you are a public health student interested in attending, please contact Emily Waldron at for information on the application process.


The Pima County Health Department has a robust internship program, you can find a list of internships offered at the Pima County Health Department. Every semester the Academic Health Department provides opportunities for student internships. Check out our current and past AHD interns.

Smoke Free Wildcats

Smoke Free Wildcats is a collaboration between Pima County Health Department, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, ASHLine, Arizona Center for Tobacco Cessation, Healthy Arizona Worksites Program, the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Chicanos Por La Causa.

Smoke Free Wildcats work on policy change to protect people from the dangers of secondhand smoke and form connections with health care and community professionals. The students also practice communication skills, public speaking, messaging to a variety of people and other advocacy tools.

Terry Norbrook, CDC REACH Program Specialist at Pima County Health Department, Dr. Uma Nair and Dr. Mark Martz, MEZCOPH faculty, and Emily Waldron, MEZCOPH Community Engagement and Outreach Coordinator serves as advisors for the club.

To learn more about Smoke Free Wildcats, visit

Group photo of smoke free wildcats club

Group photo of some of the members of the Smoke Free Wildcats club

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