MPH Health Behavior Health Promotion
"Being surrounded by people with similar goals and values pertaining to health is amazing and has allowed me to grow both my interest and skills in various public health areas. I enjoy MEZCOPH’s atmosphere and attention to health equity and through my program I have been able to increase my confidence and leadership skills in a meaningful way."
Mesa, ArizonaPrior Degree(s):
B.S. Public Health with a minor in Gender & Women’s Studies from the University of ArizonaBefore entering the program:
I graduated with my B.S. in May 2018 and I entered the MPH program in August 2018. During my summer off, I worked with children with behavioral health diagnoses and taught them coping and life skills. During this time, I really cemented how much I wanted to work with mental health in youth and adolescents.Why did you choose public health?
I have always been interested in the medical field and have wanted to help people. As time went on, I realized that public health better matches my values than the traditional medical field such as including advocacy in my work, focusing on prevention, and looking at health in a more holistic way.Why did you choose MEZCOPH?
I did my undergrad through MEZCOPH and enjoyed it a lot! I enjoy Tucson and have invested a lot of time here. Additionally, MEZCOPH’s mission really aligns with my idea of what public health should be/focus on.Public health interests:
LGBTQ Health, Interpersonal Violence, Mental Health for Youth and AdolescentsInterests/hobbies outside of school:
Reading, playing board games, watching TV, and spending quality time with my cat, Luna!Tip for future students:
Don’t be afraid to get involved! There are many different committees and organizations with a variety of interests that are sure to catch your eye. Also, make sure to take care of yourself. Self-care is super important!