School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Student Profiles

Find out what students have to say about their experiences in our programs. Click on the names below to read testimonials about what they enjoyed the most in their coursework and research programs and how it will make a difference to their careers.

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Madhav Raman

Master of Public Health (MPH) / Master of Health Management (MHM) with Extension (Dual Degree with Research Component)

Madhav Raman is pursuing a dual Master’s Degree in Public Health and Health Management (Extension) at the School of Population Health (SPH), UNSW. Serving as a Coursework Students Officer on the Postgraduate Council (PGC) at Arc UNSW, Madhav is a member of the Academic Board Programs Committee (ABPC) and the Program Review Committee.

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Kylie Sommerville

Master of Public Health (MPH)

I was looking to do further study, but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. My undergraduate degree was in Environmental Management and I had been working for several years in various government sector policy and stakeholder engagement roles. It was great professional experience, but I wasn’t passionate about what I was doing. I wanted to find a Masters degree where I could build on my current skills, but transfer them into a field that was health and people-centred, particularly focusing on equity and social justice issues.

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Dr Lesh Satchithananda

Master of Public Health (MPH)

As a doctor I worked across a few hospitals in Sydney which, while fulfilling, was also frustrating because it was obvious that there were social and economic factors that impacted a person’s health that were well beyond the care I could provide in hospital. I believe that anyone that has had the opportunities I’ve had owes it to their community to give back and give back in a way that not only leverages their personal skills and experiences, but also maximises the value they can add to their community.

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Eva Wegner

Master of Health Management (MHM)

As I progressed in my career in Medicine and have increasingly taken on clinical leadership and managerial duties, I have become aware of my lack of knowledge and experience as a clinician-manager. I realised that gaining an academic qualification in that field would be extremely valuable, providing tangible benefits to my patients, colleagues, the organisation I work for and for my own personal and professional development.

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Rachel Karsten

Master of International Public Health (MIDI)

Prior to enrolling into the Masters of International Public Health I volunteered as a nurse and manager of an orphanage in South Africa. My experience during this time motivated me to study further, to extend both my knowledge and skills in the health profession to reach those that are impoverished, vulnerable and suffering the greatest health inequalities. 

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Arlita Willman

Master of Public Health (MPH) with specialisation in Health Promotion

My main motivation for enrolment in a Master of Public Health at UNSW was my strong interest in public health, as it unites my love of evidence and evaluation with my desire to create sustainable, meaningful change for the better.  I chose to study at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW in particular because there was a great range of electives to choose from.

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Jason Alacapa

Master of Public Health (MPH) with specialisation in Economic Evaluation / Master of Health Management (MHM) (Dual Degree)

I chose to enrol in a degree at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine because UNSW is the only university which offers an innovative dual master's degree of the Master of Public Health (MPH) and Master of Health Management (MHM). Additionally, you can specialise in a specific area of public health that fits your envisioned career. This gives you a branding in three areas - public health, management, and a sub-specialty in public health - thus increasing your overall competitiveness. Another reason why I chose UNSW is its culture of innovation.

Kathleen McKenzie

Kathleen McKenzie

Master of Infectious Disease Intelligence (MIDI) / Master of Public Health (MPH) (Dual Degree)

The reason I decided to enrol in a degree at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine is because after finishing my MSc – Epidemiology I was looking to specialise in infectious diseases and after much research I found that the degree UNSW was offering was the best one in Australia. Staff from the school were very helpful with any questions I had relating to the course which was reassuring.  

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Dr Jaffly Chen

Master of Public Health (MPH) / Master of Health Management (MHM) with Extension (Dual Degree with Research Component)

I decided to study public health and health management because I felt that despite being a clinician and in the privileged position to make a difference in many unwell people’s lives, I was not doing enough on a system-wide level to ensure good health for all. As a clinician, I can have a substantial local impact, however, I have since childhood aimed to have a national or worldwide impact with my work.

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Dr Manoshayini Sooriyakumaran

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

I wanted to explore my interest in public health and upskill to open up opportunities beyond clinical medicine. UNSW particularly appealed to me because of the flexible studying options for those working full-time like myself, and the variety of sub-specialisations that allow you to tailor your degree to your own interests. It’s great for me to be able to focus on my area of interest – international public health.

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