MPH Health Behavior Health Promotion / MBA Healthcare Management
"MEZCOPH has allowed me to tailor my education and graduate experience, giving me the confidence to stand out and take on leadership roles in the workplace."
Rapid City, South DakotaPrior Degree(s):
BA in Psychology & Sociology from the University of WyomingBefore entering the program:
I moved to Tucson from Laramie, WY where I worked for the University of Wyoming, volunteered in the UW Psychology Department’s Trauma and Sexual Assault Lab, and helped fundraise for a local domestic violence shelter. Prior to that, I spent two years with the Peace Corps in Moldova, focusing on human trafficking prevention, English education, and promoting healthy diet and lifestyle habits in the local women’s fitness center.Why did you choose public health?
Public health takes a macro approach to solving health issues across populations while maintaining a foundation in social justice. That’s what I’m all about.Why did you choose MEZCOPH?
I chose MEZCOPH because it allows me to be flexible in my coursework, while ensuring that I will graduate with a well-rounded education. When visiting, I found the MEZCOPH and Tucson community incredibly welcoming. I can now confidently say that Tucson’s active and welcoming community is unlike anywhere else I’ve lived: full of kind, passionate, justice-oriented people who are always eager and fighting to make the world a safer, healthier, more inclusive space.Public health interests:
Program planning and evaluation, rural health, and health disparitiesInterests/hobbies outside of school:
Fighting invasive buffel grass, the “Archenemy of the Sonoran Desert”, has become a new hobby - see photo. Hiking Tumamoc, biking the Loop, learning to bachata and salsa dance, cooking for friends, and exploring the music and art scene in Tucson have become a huge part of my life outside of MEZCOPH.Tip for future students:
Think about what you’re looking to get out of a graduate program first, then work with those at MEZCOPH to meet your goals.