What insights have you gained from your time as an MPH student?
Studying for a graduate degree in public health, I never imagined a pandemic experience would be one of my teachers. As various events have unfolded over the past year, one of my major takeaways has been the importance of transparency and open communication when dealing with stakeholders and the public. The pandemic aggravated already existing health inequities, thus in my work, I am more invested in influencing policies that thrive to achieve health equity and address the social determinants of health.
Another major highlight of my graduate school experience has been in the classroom environment, where I have learnt from faculty and peers’ knowledge and rich experiences. This has enriched my understanding of how perspectives are shaped by culture, exposure, education, life experiences, and religion, and indeed sometimes there are no wrong answers, just different perspectives.