School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Student Profiles

Find out what current and past students have to say about their experiences in our programs. Click on the names below to read testimonials about what they enjoyed in their coursework and research programs and how these have made a difference to their careers.

Leah Krischock profile

Dr Leah Krischock

Master of Public Health / Master of Health Management (Dual Degree)

I chose to undertake my MPH at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine as UNSW offered all of the subjects I wished to take in external format, while other universities seemed to offer only a selection of subjects for external students.  I also found it easy to understand how many subjects were required for the degree and liked the flexibility of being able to enrol initially in the MPH, find my feet and then extend to the MHM if I wanted to (which is what I did).  

Dr Rashid Ansari

Dr Rashid Ansari

PhD - Self-management of type 2 diabetes: focusing on the middle-aged population of rural area of Pakistan

I commenced my PhD studies at SPHCM as an external student in April 2016 and was honoured that I was accepted by two excellent supervisors: Dr Hassan Hosseinzadeh, an academic with expertise in health education and health promotion and Prof Nicholas Zwar, a general physician with outstanding research profile in chronic disease management in general practice and primary health care.

Alexander Cardenas

Alexander Cardenas

Master of Public Health / Master of Health Management (Dual Degree)

I decided to undertake postgraduate study to further my own career development within health. My interest in domestic heath planning, policy, and management, meant that the dual MPH/MHM degree was the most appropriate for me. I decided on UNSW because of its strong reputation for healthcare qualifications and the flexibility they offer for distance education.

Samretta Caldwell

Samretta Caldwell

Master of International Public Health / Master of Health Management (Dual Degree)

I chose to enrol at UNSW because the courses offered afforded me the opportunity to contribute to my country’s (Liberia) post war development. Furthermore, the availability of a dual masters program presented me the chance to achieve important competencies in health management and public health, which are vital to my role as a health practitioner, at the same time. The international perspective of courses facilitated my reflection on the prevailing health status of people in my country and helped shape my plans for contributing to improved health.

Whenayon Ajisegiri

Dr Whenayon Ajisegiri

Master of International Public Health / Master of Health Management (Dual Degree)

I chose to enrol in a degree at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine because it is the only school I found in Australia to have a dual degree (international public health and health management) that I wanted. After my MBBS qualification, I worked in different hospitals for a period of three years. For those periods, I saw the need for strengthening the prevention aspect of the health system.

Carah Figueroa-Crisostomo

Carah Figueroa-Crisostomo

Master of International Public Health / Master of Public Health (Dual Degree)

I decided to undertake a MIPH/MPH following my studies in Medical Science (Honours) specialising in Medical Microbiology and Immunology, underscoring my keen interest in infectious disease research. The decision to study a MIPH/MPH was also shaped by my volunteering experience locally and abroad. Recently, in Nepal I undertook a Medical elective project and taught community health to high school students. In Ghana, I undertook a Public Health project working alongside community health nurses and evaluating studies conducted at a health research centre.

Kathryn Kirk

Kathryn Kirk

Internship in Master of International Public Health

I completed an Internship with the Fred Hollows Foundation – Sydney head office as part of my Master of International Public Health. The main reasons I enrolled in the internship was to put the knowledge and skills learnt in the degree into practice and establish networks in the field of International Public Health.

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Aditya Vyas

Internship in Master of Public Health (International Health specialisation)

I was initially drawn to the internship program by the high calibre placements on offer. I was placed with the Emergency and Humanitarian Action Unit, South East Asia Regional Office, World Health Organization, New Delhi, India. I also wanted to fully realise the MPH stream I had enrolled in (International Health) with some practical developing world experience. The internship program was a perfect way to blend my global health aspirations with practical and academic work – the internship counted as six units of credit towards my MPH.

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Rosita Ayu Ary Regiarta

Master of Public Health (Extension)

I am a medical doctor but for the last 5 years, I have worked as a public health officer in Bali, Indonesia. I mostly worked in controlling communicable diseases and preventing outbreaks, but I was also involved in several programs related to non-communicable diseases. As a public health officer, I found that a good understanding of public health is a great help. Therefore I decided to enrol in the Master of Public Health program.

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Alexandra Brown

Master of International Public Health

I decided to undertake a Master of International Public Health (MIPH) as I was considering a public health degree as an extension of both my work at MSF Australia (the representative office of international medical-humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors without Borders for Australia and New Zealand) where I am employed as a Medical Communications officer and also personal interest. I also have two colleagues who had completed their MIPH at UNSW and spoke of it highly, so it really was an easy decision.

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