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Edgar Villavicencio

Edgar Villavicencio

MPH Health Behavior Health Promotion

"Belonging to MEZCOPH has incredibly improved my personal, academic and professional development. Every class, every assignment, project and topic discussed has had a meaning to my comprehension on how public health works and the core values that this field represents for health and communities."

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    Yuma, Arizona

    Prior Degree(s):

    Prior my graduate education, I attended the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and received my Bachelor’s Degree in Science with a Major in Public Health.

    Before entering the program:

    Before entering the MPH program at MEZCOPH, I was working on my Bachelor’s Degree at UA while working as an Undergraduate Research Assistant for Nosotros – Comprometidos a Su Salud lead by Dr. David Garcia.

    Why did you choose public health?

    I chose the career of Public Health because of the significant impact it can imply to a population perspective in the search for health equity. My bi-national roots afford me a unique understanding of two worlds and a perspective of how these intertwined environments affect health disparities on the border. This understanding and a drive to bring about change is what fuels my passion for public health.

    Why did you choose MEZCOPH?

    I chose the UA and MEZCOPH because of the recognition the MPH program has across the state and the country. Additionally, I built some great professional relationships that inspired me to stay after receiving my bachelors and continue working towards current efforts serving the Hispanic population in Tucson.

    Public health interests:

    Health disparities and minority health, Latino health, border health, community-based participatory research, behavior change, social justice, and interdisciplinary efforts are some of my areas of interest.

    Interests/hobbies outside of school:

    Practice any kind of indoor and outdoor sports, running, movies, try different kinds of restaurants and foods.

    Tip for future students:

    As an incoming graduate student in MEZCOPH, I would recommend to really make an effort to network and try to get to know as many faculty, staff and professors as possible. The relationships that a student can build while attending to MEZCOPH can truly make a difference in terms of future opportunities and personal, academic and professional growth.

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