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.”
Los Angeles, California and Machala, EcuadorPrior Degree(s):
BS in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UCLA; Master in Public Health and Master in Arts - Latin American Studies, San Diego State UniversityBefore 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.Dissertation:
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.