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.

Chris Owens

Chris Owens

Professional Doctorate - Health-based water treatment targets: Transitioning existing public water supply schemes to a new framework for microbial safety

For Chris Owens, his chosen career path comes with significant responsibility. As a Senior Analyst for Service Planning and Asset Strategy within the Liveable City Solutions team at Sydney Water, Chris understands the immense importance of water as a necessity for life, as well as the central links between water access and public health.

Arlita Willman

Arlita Willman

Masters of Public Health with specialisation in Health Promotion

My main motivation for enrolment in an 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.

Cassandra Jordan

Cassandra Jordan

Master of Health Management

The health management courses at the School were highly regarded, and were also recommended by several colleagues who had completed them. I was at a point in my career where I was enjoying my part-time hospital role, continuing to volunteer for my profession which I had done for decades and supporting our son who was studying at university. The attainment of a Masters qualification had been a personal and a professional goal of mine since completing the Health Information Management undergraduate degree.

Trisya Rakmawati

Trisya Rakmawati

Master of Health Management (extension)

UNSW is renowned for its reputation in maintaining high quality education. I was interested in studying the Master of Health Management because the program covers specific courses which relate to health systems, public health projects, and economic evaluation that are highly relevant to my personal interest which is health system strengthening.

Myron Gohindo

Dr Myron A Godinho

Scientia PhD Scholor - Developing and testing a framework for using Digital Health, Social Enterprise & Citizen Engagement in delivery of Integrated People-Centered Health Services

Deciding to accept a PhD scholarship at a university that is ranked among the top 50 in the world, while working on globally relevant research at a WHO Collaborating Centre is a relatively easy decision to make. Having studied medicine, I’ve always been aware of the limits of a hospital-focused approach to health, leading me to pursue public health, which I like to think of as ‘everything to do with health outside of the hospital’.

Bronnie Anderson-Smith

Bronnie Anderson-Smith

Master of International Public Health / Master of Public Health (Health Promotion) (Dual Degree with Specialisation)

My experience working in Vanuatu designing and running nutrition training inspired me to study public health. It made me appreciate how valuable and taken for granted basic health literacy is in Australia. I reflected on how much health knowledge I had been exposed to through school programs like Happy Healthy Harold, about diseases from plotlines on TV shows (infotainment), from health promotion information such as the food pyramid. Most of the communities I was working with had not had these same experiences.

Shakif Shakur

Dr Shakif Shakur

Master of Public Health / Master of International Public Health (dual degree)

Public health is immensely important to the overall wellbeing of individuals and communities, but it’s not something I even began to appreciate until after finishing medical school. I decided that pursuing further studies in this field would be the right choice at this stage of my career. With a strong international reputation for producing public health practitioners of the future, the option of completing a dual degree, and the flexibility of external studies, studying at UNSW wasn’t a difficult decision.

Kathleen McKenzie

Kathleen McKenzie

Master of Infectious Disease Intelligence / Master of Public Health

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.  

Joshua Karras

Joshua Karras

Master of Health Management, Master of Public Health in Infectious Disease Control (Dual Degree)

It was a very easy decision to be honest to enrol in a degree at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine. A brief look at the comprehensive outline of courses will tell you that compared to other schools in different universities offering similar courses, UNSW clearly provides the most efficient, highest quality and greatest opportunity to gain professional experience and receive scholastic prospects which can greatly benefit your academic career.

Amit Saha

Dr Amit Saha

PhD - Improved intervention strategies with oral cholera vaccine in an endemic setting

I decided to enrol in a research degree at UNSW as I have been working in the field of public health for quite a long time and I wanted to continue working in public health research. I felt it was time to expand my skills and I was inspired by the quality of the curriculum.

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