MPH Family and Child Health - Global Health / MA Latin American Studies
"MEZCOPH has given me the knowledge base and technical wherewithal to be a serious professional in the world of Global Health."
Omaha, NEPrior Degree(s):
B.A. Anthropology, International Studies and Education - The University of Nebraska - LincolnBefore entering the program:
I was working as a Community Education Specialist at the University of Texas Medical Branch’s Southeast Texas Poison Center. Previously, I worked as a K-12 English and writing teacher in the Texas public school system and as a K-5th grade Spanish literacy teacher in the public school system of the Dominican Republic prior to that.Why did you choose public health?
I chose public health because I am committed to the service of my fellow humans and I find the health sciences fascinating.Why did you choose MEZCOPH?
MEZCOPH was a great fit for me, offering the opportunity to study Global Health, and pursue a dual degree in Latin American Studies while having the opportunity to engage top scholars in the health and social science fields.Public health interests:
Occupational health in the informal labor sector; Syndemics; Health and tourism; Sex work; The political economy of adolescent and young adult sexual health and substance use; Community health workers; Adolescent and young adult health literacy; Health and diaspora; Immigration and stigma; the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Mexico.Internship:
Stigma in Paradise: An occupational health assessment of young adult male Haitian immigrant working in the informal tourism sector of the Dominican RepublicThesis:
The Political Economy of Adolescent Health in the Dominican Republic: Examining the influences of neoliberal policies, hyper-nationalism and adolescent sexual health knowledge in populations of male sex workers.Interests/hobbies outside of school:
I enjoy the sport of basketball, reading science fiction novels, working outside, and spending time with our young child who my partner and I have been raising to be a caring human being. Parenthood has certainly made me a better person and public health professional.Tip for future students:
Do what you are interested in, not what the big money says you should be interested in. Network and take advantage of your time as a graduate student: get involved in research, in the community, and attend as many professional events as you can handle. Take the time to cultivate your skills, particularly your skills in collaboration.