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Meet Our Students

Are you interested in learning more about graduate students at the UA Zuckerman College of Public Health? Read about some of our outstanding student Ambassadors below, and connect with them in one of the following ways:


Anna Carolina Ortiz

MPH Family and Child Health - Global Health

"MEZCOPH is not only a collection of inspiring faculty, dedicated administrators, and passionate students, it is a supportive community. It’s great to be a part of an institution that is constantly impacting change locally, nationally, and globally. MEZCOPH embodies exactly what I hoped to get out of my graduate school experience."

Heidi Dugi

MPH Family and Child Health - Maternal and Child Health

“The program has brilliant professors, beyond helpful support staff, and opportunities for advancement almost every day. There are plenty of opportunities to make meaningful connections to professors who really care about you and your goals. The staff help a lot with the admissions process and communicate effectively during the school year. I also get emails and updates from them daily on opportunities for internships, fellowships, and scholarships from all over the US and internationally.”

Nicolas Lopez-Galvez

PhD in Environmental Health Sciences

“I am grateful to be part of the MEZCOPH because it provides a perfect environment to learn more about public health issues. The professors have been really supportive, and I have gained valuable experience in the classroom and conducting research.”

Ibitola "Tola" Asaolu, MPH

DrPH Maternal & Child Health

“I became part of the MEZCOPH family the moment my supervisors asked me how I was settling into the program and Tucson in general. In addition, fellow students in my cohort and the cohorts before me have been very supportive.”

Amanda Rodgers

MPH Family and Child Health - Maternal and Child Health

“I am continually grateful for the opportunity to study at MEZCOPH. Not only do I feel I am receiving an excellent education from the faculty and material, but also from my classmates and the amazing organizations and people in the Tucson community.”

Joaquin Amaro

MPH Health Services Administration

“The knowledge I have gained at MEZCOPH has provided me with the tools and confidence I need to be a successful professional in the public health workforce.”

Ana Florea

PhD Epidemiology

“If you have an idea, MEZCOPH provides both the environment and support necessary to put your idea into motion.”

Emily Burgen

MPH Biostatistics

“MEZCOPH is a mosaic of creative individuals, interesting classes, intriguing research, and hands-on opportunities bonded together by the common goal of creating innovative and superior methods for research and practice in Public Health.”

Jordan Bastian

MPH Epidemiology

“Opportunities for growth are abundant at MEZCOPH. Whether you are in need of class advice, internship ideas, or career planning all you have to do is ask. The faculty and staff are very approachable and will do what they can to help you succeed in your goals.”

Yoshira Ornelas

PhD Environmental Health Sciences

“MEZCOPH has allowed me to pursue my interest in public health with the support of faculty and staff. There are always opportunities to become involved and collaborate with experts in various sections of public health.”

Corey Edwards

MD/MPH Phoenix

“The public health classes have been a great way to supplement my medical school curriculum and I’m happy I chose to pursue this degree.”

Javier Ortega

MPH Health Behavior Health Promotion

“MEZCOPH has given me a greater appreciation for the state I live in and has ignited a fire in me to work on addressing health disparities specifically in Arizona and in the Southwest.”

Amanda Kendall

MPH Epidemiology

“MEZCOPH is a school that consists of so many backgrounds and skill sets, you are bound to find your niche here.”

Vivien Lee

PhD Environmental Health Sciences

“I appreciate the diversity of the MEZCOPH community. Despite all of the different cultures, personalities, experiences, and backgrounds of the students and staff, I’ve always felt very welcome and at home.”

Heidi Robertson

MPH Family and Child Health - Global Health

“MEZCOPH is such a supportive environment. Both the staff and the students are willing to listen to and collaborate on projects. So many opportunities will arise while you are here. Take advantage of them, you’ll learn you are able to do things that you never knew you were capable of here.”

Nick Schweers

MPH Epidemiology

“I never expected that studying epidemiology at a graduate level would be as rewarding as MEZCOPH has made it. Being in a classroom with others students and experienced professors that share that passion has only fueled my love for public health!”

Tanzida Zaman

MPH Epidemiology

“My time here at MEZCOPH so far has given me the opportunity to connect with so many amazing students, faculty, staff, and community members, and I could not have asked for a more enriching experience.”

Christina Azzolina

MPH Health Behavior Health Promotion

“The service learning experiences, program planning class, and internship allow you to practice the theories and knowledge you learn in the classroom.”

Shannon Bryan

MPH Family and Child Health – Maternal and Child Health

“MEZCOPH is an active and vibrant community that challenges and supports you.”

Alicia Swift

MPH Family & Child Health - Global Health

“Being a part of MEZCOPH has allowed me to be an effective leader as a student and health clinic manager while enhancing my individual knowledge about the global aspects of public health.”

Anna Steeves-Reece

MPH Health Behavior Health Promotion

“I’m very thankful that MEZCOPH guides us to choose an internship that both satisfies our interests and helps us meet our career objectives. This past summer, I returned to Nicaragua to do a community assessment for postpartum depression in collaboration with a local NGO. The College has helped me to identify sources of funding, and my advisors have been very engaged throughout the process.”

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