Find out more about the experiences of current and former students, and how the Master of Public Health offered by the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health has benefitted them.
"I am interested in combining my medical background with other disciplines, relevant or otherwise, to improve the national health system in Indonesia; or at the very least, transfer my knowledge to current and future generations of general practitioners in Indonesia through interactive, student-centred, and evidence-based learning systems modelled after my experience in University of Melbourne."
Made Utari Rimayanti, Master of Public Health student
"Master of Public Health program at The University of Melbourne makes me ready for the future. Course contents are updated and allow us to learn what are currently happening in different public health fields worldwide. For example, you might have been asked about yesterday’s outbreak in some parts of the world in today assignment.
As an Australia Awards student with the medical background from Myanmar, I have always been interested in building my capacity for disease control and prevention in the setting of a developing country. So, I decided to select subjects related to epidemiology and global health. I had a chance to meet with many extraordinary experts in those related fields. I am really delighted and contented for my choice, as The University of Melbourne’s Master of Public Health program allows students to specialise their selected area."
Awng Shar Mahkawnghta, Master of Public Health student
“The MPH at Melbourne taught me to be a learner, a thinker, and most importantly, a doer. I always wanted to create positive change on a large-scale. The MPH taught me to think global, act local, and seek ‘simple', people-centered solutions to complex problems. I’ve just started a DPhil in Population Health, focusing on the impact of urban environments on health and nutrition. I’ve met public health students from around the world, and I wouldn’t trade my MPH experience with any of them. Of course, I’m always happy to share. I’m sure people think I work for the University when I start talking about my Masters experience. I loved every minute.
Nothing has prepared me better for the world of global health. Studying the MPH at Melbourne was the best decision I ever made.”
Jessica Renzella, Master of Public Health alumnae
Currently pursuing a PhD in Population Health at Oxford University
“The Melbourne Masters of Public Health has enabled me to make a smooth transition from clinical practice to working internationally, in the field, as a primary healthcare practitioner. Six months ago I was working night shifts in Melbourne, now I work in Jakarta helping to deliver palliative care services to the urban poor and marginalized communities. It is demanding and rewarding work with every day bringing new challenges and new rewards.
Looking back I cannot believe the level of expertise the Melbourne Master of Public made available to me. Every subject was a treasure trove of experts, all highly committed to making the world a better place through providing healthcare for all”
Bruce Clezy, Master of Public Health alumnus
Palliative Care Advisor currently working in Indonesia
"The MPH program at Melbourne University has continuously equipped me with the knowledge and skills required to be a public health researcher through classroom discussions, lectures and tutorials. Furthermore, the School of Population and Global Health and its staff have always been on hand to offer support and guidance when needed. Since enrolment, I was confident that the MPH was the right course for me. Not only because the school has a strong link with government and non-government-organizations, nationally and globally, but also because its location together with its prestige attract students from all over the world.
A standout characteristic of the school is its emphasis on having local and international students working together on group projects. I strongly believe that this approach has allowed me to build lasting networks and to understand better the cultural differences in work practices among the diverse cohort of students."
Gebi Denisa, Master of Public Health alumnae