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Funmi Oduniyi is Clinical Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice, and graduated as an MPH in 2011. She is a Student Ambassador for the programme.

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

When I was researching universities that offered MPH programmes, I was looking for a university that was reputable, and enabled me to study 100% online. After an initial enquiry with Laureate Online Education about the online MPH programme, I was appointed a dedicated Enrolment Advisor who was simply wonderful. She continued to offer me support and encouragement until I was motivated enough to make the commitment to this programme.

Before you started your MPH studies, can you tell us what expectation you had of studying an online programme?

Well I was expecting to work hard; to enjoy interacting with fellow students from all over the world with varied professional backgrounds; and to experience a highly interesting and stimulating programme. And all of these expectations were met!

What did you think is the main advantage of following an online programme?

The main advantage for me was having the freedom to work in my own time - without my studies clashing with any family or work commitments.

And the challenges of an online programme?

The main challenge was time management. If you don’t plan your time carefully, it is possible to get over-worked and not meet your assignment deadlines. Proper planning is how I managed to balance my time between my studies, work and personal responsibilities.

Can you tell us a little bit about the mix of people you met in the virtual classrooms?

The people in the classroom are from all over the world. I’ve even managed to meet one of my fellow classmates in person when they recently visited the UK – it was very exciting to put a face to the virtual friendship! You really create strong bonds with your classmates through the exchange of ideas and knowledge.

Can you tell us how the programme is impacting your career?

Well so far my career hasn’t changed much as I’m still very committed to my current career objectives. However my research skills have improved drastically. As a result, I have been awarded two grants for my work and a bursary to fund professional research, and I believe these achievements are due to the MPH.

On top of this, I have made some lifelong friendships as a result of the University of Liverpool and Laureate Online Education. The programme has been very rewarding, and I am optimistic that on completion, I will be able to achieve my goal of contributing in my own little way to help prevent needless deaths associated with long-term conditions in Sub-Saharan Africa. View the research Funmi presented at Diabetes UK.

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