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Brandon Howard

Brandon Howard

MPH Public Health Practice

“MEZCOPH has provided me with numerous incredible opportunities on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus and in the Greater Phoenix Area. I have been able to interact with amazing peers and faculty while exploring my interests in public health. The school’s reputation has also immediately set me apart from other candidates for internships and jobs.”

  • Email:

    bjhoward@email.arizona.edu

    Hometown:

    Scottsdale, Arizona

    Prior Degree(s):

    BS, Neuroscience – University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

    Before entering the program:

    I took a gap year after my undergraduate studies to intern and work to help me decide what was next (hint: it was public health!) I was the chief scribe for a large Emergency Department physician’s group in Los Angeles. I also consulted with the UCLA Health System and David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA for their LGBTQIA Equitable Care Committee to improve care for LGBTQIA patients. Additionally, I interned with their ARC Medical Program to improve Resident Physician-Patient communication in their academic medical centers. I was also performing clinical research with a Professor of Neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA on the developmental neurobiological effects of malnutrition.

    Why did you choose public health?

    Public health was not always my passion (or so I thought). I chose to pursue a degree in public health very recently after deciding against attending medical school. I chose public health because I want to help the population live full and healthy lives rather than just individuals.

    Why did you choose MEZCOPH?

    I chose MEZCOPH because I love my hometown area of the Phoenix Metropolitan Area and their Phoenix-based program offers a vibrant and productive program at the heart of Downtown Phoenix. The interprofessional opportunities that are offered on campus create an environment where all aspects of health sciences come together. The faculty are diverse and were very open and supportive during the admission process. MEZCOPH has overall exceeded my expectations.

    Public health interests:

    Health equity, epidemiology, opioid-related harm reduction, surveillance and response, vaccines, disease prevention

    Internship:

    Surveillance systems improvement of illicit substance use and overdose in Maricopa County in the Office of Epidemiology at the Maricopa County Department of Public Health.

    Interests/hobbies outside of school:

    Scuba diving, skiing, travelling, and most of all eating new foods.

    Tip for future students:

    Always push yourself and seek out new opportunities on campus and beyond. I have met some of the most amazing and dedicated people and gained valuable experience and insight by doing this.

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