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Nicolas Lopez-Galvez, MPH, MA

Nicolas Lopez-Galvez, MPH, MA

PhD 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.”

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    Los Angeles, California and Machala, Ecuador

    Prior Degree(s):

    BS in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UCLA; Master in Public Health and Master in Arts - Latin American Studies, San Diego State University

    Before entering the program:

    Finishing up with my masters degree and working as a research assistant in California.

    Why did you choose public health?

    I chose public health because it allowed me to use my laboratory skills gained as a biology major to work in research that can help protect communities from the exposure to environmental contaminants.

    Why did you choose MEZCOPH?

    MEZCOPH has a great and diverse faculty team conducting research in environmental health issues, and I knew that MEZCOPH was going to provided me with the tools and knowledge to research the issues experienced by migrant farm workers near the Arizona border.

    Public health interests:

    Migrant farm workers health, pesticide exposure, environmental epidemiology, and occupational health.


    Not determined yet, but it might be in migrant farm workers exposure to pesticides and heat.

    Interests/hobbies outside of school:

    Working at community gardens, traveling, playing soccer and volleyball.

    Tip for future students:

    Always network and collaborate with other fields within and outside health sciences because public health is about integrating other disciplines with the objective of improving people's health.

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