Motivated by a desire to positively impact the lives of vulnerable people, Afam started his MPH journey with a hesitant enquiry that turned into a firm commitment. “My Enrolment Advisor was simply fantastic,” he says. “She encouraged me to take on the challenge of the online programme.”
It turned out to be a good decision. “I enjoyed the intensity of class discussions with contributions from classmates with diverse views about public health issues,” he says. “I also enjoyed the fact that instructors gave us room to air our views.”
“My critical thinking skills have improved greatly and have benefited my workplace as a result of my ability to contribute robustly in public health policy design, development and implementation.”
Of the taught elements of the programme, Afam found the Health and Society module particularly interesting: “I enjoyed it because we talked a lot about our own side of the world – sub-Saharan Africa – and about equality and access to medicines,” he says.
The University of Liverpool’s Department of Public Health is well known for its expertise in health inequalities, and the international nature of the online programmes makes the online MPH an ideal forum for discussing these issues.
“It was very good that we had a blend of nationalities,” says Afam. “We had students from Asia, other regions of Africa, and some from western countries. The West has more developed public health systems and it was interesting to learn about them, but it was also interesting to hear how Southern and Eastern African countries had dealt with some of the issues we face in West Africa.”
For his MPH dissertation, Afam conducted research into people’s awareness and usage of a service that identifies counterfeit anti-malarial drugs. Read more about his research.