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Student profile: Harindi Bhagya

harindi.jpgHarindi Bhagya

Why did you decide to do the MPH?

I undertook the Masters Public Health year commencing 2015 after having completed her BSc in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Warwick, where I gained a 1:1. I chose to do the MPH as I was particularly interested in the area of epidemiology and statistics and was looking to do a degree in a top university outside of London. Undertaking the Masters here has enabled me to stay at home and continue with work while I am studying which has suited me well. I chose to stay on at Warwick as I had really enjoyed my time on my undergraduate degree. I felt comfortable here and knew I would have a good experience.

What did you enjoy about the course?

I really enjoyed the way the Masters was taught in week long blocks as it enabled me to have time to do my studies and then also undertake paid work in a field I am interested in. I am currently working at the Anchor Centre in Coventry which is a primary care facility for homeless and vulnerable people. I chose to base my dissertation on my work here which is looking at improving the primary health care model for homeless people.
The Public Health Masters attracts students from a wide range of backgrounds which was really interesting and gave me different perspectives and exposure to different job roles within that area. The course itself has a great range of modules, giving you a good overview of the different aspects of Public Health.

How has the MPH helped you with your career path?

The work I have done within primary care and the Masters in Public Health has enabled me to progress on to the next stage in my career which is to train to be a doctor. When I studied at undergraduate level it was often more theoretical but at Master’s level the course not only taught you a lot but also considered how that might be used in a practical sense to make a difference in practice.

Would you recommend the MPH to fellow students?

I would recommend the MPH to students who have an interest in aspects of public health. There are many possibilities in terms of careers following the course. There are a number of career routes available. In the long term currently I would like to potentially work for the World Health Organisation following training to be a doctor.