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Originally from the Ivory Coast, Angeline Ble now lives in the UK where she works as a Nurse at Imperial College, London. She is currently studying a Master of Public Health online with the University of Liverpool.

Why did you decide to study online with the University of Liverpool?

I chose to study with the University of Liverpool because it has an historical reputation for delivering a high standard of education in the field of public health.

Why did you choose an online method of delivery to pursue your educational goals?

I decided to study online with the University of Liverpool as it enabled me to study while working full time, so I didn’t need to request time off from my line manager. It is also ideal when raising children as I could study while at home without leaving my children and husband.

What was your motivation for pursuing the MPH programme?

I want to make a positive impact on health in my community, and ultimately at a much higher level, by learning how we can reduce premature death by simply changing our behaviour and lifestyle choices.

What are your top three tips for balancing work, study and personal commitments?

Good time management, rigour and passion are my tips to balance work, study and personal commitments. I devote three hours a day to study. I find that by using the library resources and making good use of my notes I make best use of my time.

Can you tell us a little bit about the mix of people on your programme?

I have met people from many backgrounds and numerous continents in the virtual classroom; it’s such an interesting and exciting environment! I have learnt a great deal through the experience of my peers and the contributions they have made to our classroom discussions. We share a lot, and people are very willing to use their own experience and diversity to help others. There is no discrimination; everyone is welcomed as each individual needs others to develop.

How are you applying what you have learned on the programme in your day-to-day work?

Nursing skills are now based on evidence-based practice and I now emphasise health promotion strategies when educating my patients. I also contribute to the ward’s stock control to reduce waste for a more efficient budget.

What impact is the MPH programme having on your career? And upon graduation, what do you hope to achieve in your career?

The MPH programme has boosted my confidence and I have lost the inferiority complex that I had prior to starting the programme. Coming from a French background I was always reluctant to lead because I was shy. However, now I feel confident in taking the lead at work. Upon graduation, I intend to apply for a managerial post. In the future, I would like to go back to Africa and be involved with health services management for the United Nations or World Health Organization.

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