Viktorija Asmolovaite completed her Master's in Public Health (MPH) at Warwick. We caught up with her to find out what she thought of the course and her advice for applicants.
Why did you decide to study Public Health?
I decided to study Public Health at Warwick because I wanted to pursue a career in public health, especially in health protection. Secondly, the core modules of the course were interesting and there was a variety of optional modules to choose from. Thirdly, Warwick's reputation was very good with the course ranking 3rd in the UK and 12th in the world.
How have you been finding the course? What aspects of the course have you found challenging?
I have found the MPH course to be brilliant. Experienced lecturers provided me with in depth public health content and gave me a wonderful insight into potential career opportunities after graduation. The diverse modules improved my learning style, and a mixture of synchronous/ asynchronous sessions made the work/life balance easier.
What professions are the other students on your course from?
The course consisted of a wide range of different professionals. There were radiologists, nutritionists, statisticians, GPs, physiotherapists, and students with other, non-clinical backgrounds. One of the best parts of MPH course is that it welcomes people with different backgrounds, allowing students to widen their knowledge in public health.
What have been your favourite parts of the course?
My favourite part of the course was the dedication and efficiency of the university staff, who provided support for students, whether it was an academic or personal issue. I would like to say a special thank you to my dissertation supervisors Dr Helena Tuomainen, Dr Oyinlola Oyebode, and the course director Saran Shantikumar, who provided me with brilliant support.
What aspects of the course have you found challenging?
I have not studied online before, so this was a challenge for me to overcome. Having team meetings, performing statistical workshops, and working on group assessments online has been a completely new experience for me. However, I was very pleased to see how prepared the university was for this. MPH is designed perfectly to run as an online course.
How do you feel the course has benefited you?
I have significantly enhanced my knowledge on various subjects, including epidemiology, disease prevention, health protection and improvement. I have also gained several transferable skills. I have made wonderful connections with course members and university staff, which has made the overall university experience fascinating.
Do you have any advice to offer other professionals considering doing the course?
If you are looking to widen your knowledge in a wide range of public health areas, be a part of a wonderful community, and most importantly, have fun, then this is the perfect course for you!