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Mizzou Made 2024: Elvis Huambo, MPH

May 3, 2024

Commencement is coming up on Saturday, May 11, and we’re highlighting some of the incredible students who will soon be alumni of the College of Health Sciences.

Read on to learn more about Elvis Huambo of Benguela, Angola, who is completing his Master of Public Health with an emphasis in health promotion and policy.

Elvis Huambo

Elvis Huambo

Major: Public Health, health promotion and policy emphasis
Hometown: Benguela, Angola

Favorite Quote:

“The tragedy of life is not death, but what we let die inside of us while we live.”

–Norman Cousins
What does graduating from the Mizzou College of Health Sciences mean to you?

Graduating from the Mizzou College of Health Sciences represents years of hard work and dedication to public health. It’s not just about academic achievement; it’s a commitment to making a real difference in communities, both locally and globally.

What was one of your favorite classes within your degree track?

My favorite classes were Evaluating Global Public Health Programs, Applied Epidemiology in Community Assessment, and Introduction to Epidemiology.

What activities have you been involved in along the way?

Throughout my college journey, I actively participated in various extracurricular activities and student organizations. I am ending my term as president of the Missouri Fulbright Foreign Student Organization, I volunteered in community health initiatives and I held internships with local public health organizations.

Who helped you during your college journey?

I am grateful for the unwavering support and guidance of my academic advisors, dedicated professors who imparted their knowledge and expertise, and the camaraderie of my colleagues who shared the journey with me. Their mentorship and encouragement played a pivotal role in defining this academic journey.

What memories stand out from your time at Mizzou?

Some of the most cherished memories from my time at Mizzou revolve around the profound connections I cultivated with my professors, academic advisors, and peers. These relationships were more than just educational as they were pillars of support, sources of inspiration and catalysts for personal and professional growth.

What are your plans after graduation?

I plan to apply what I have learned, especially knowledge in program evaluation, to improve accountability and program success in my country.

What advice do you have for current and future students?

My advice to current and future students is to embrace every opportunity for learning and growth, both inside and outside the classroom. Be proactive in seeking out experiences that align with your interests and career goals and don’t hesitate to seek guidance from mentors and peers.

Anything else you would like to share?

I am incredibly grateful for the enriching experiences and valuable relationships forged during my time at Mizzou. As I embark on the next chapter of my journey in public health, I am excited to apply the knowledge and skills gained to make a meaningful impact on the health and well-being of communities in Angola. I look forward to staying connected with the Mizzou community and continuing to collaborate with my professors and peers in public health.