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Rose Apondi is a Public Health Specialist/Behavioural Scientist, at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Uganda and a University of Liverpool online MPH graduate. In 2012, she presented her healthcare research at the World Congress on Public Health.

“I am taking on a new assignment as senior behavioural scientist and team leader for a section in my organisation, which I could not do without a masters degree.”

What motivated you to study online for a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the University of Liverpool?

The MPH is attractive in terms of modules offered and the University of Liverpool has a good reputation. I could not study full time because of my job. The programme was in line with my professional career growth. I had acquired the experience but needed the academic background to back it up.

How does the MPH help you to make a difference in your work and community?

I work in a public health institution and my study is directly relevant to my work. I can use my MPH knowledge and skills in applying the principles of public health to make the best decisions to improve the health of Ugandans. I am also conducting research, translating research into programmes, contributing to policy formulation and sharing knowledge - for example, presenting at conferences to share lessons learned.

What impact is the MPH programme having on your career?

I am taking on a new assignment as senior behavioural scientist and team leader for a section in my organisation, which I could not do without a masters degree.

Can you tell us about the people you met in your virtual classrooms?

I had the good fortune of studying with people from all over the world with different backgrounds and experience which enriched my experience. Most of my lecturers where excellent and the classes were small; therefore I got to have a good learning relationship with them. My dissertation advisor Dr. Deborah McGill was an excellent steward, helping me completing my dissertation, and I will forever be grateful for her guidance.

What are your top three tips for balancing work, study and personal commitments?
  1. Make a time management plan
  2. Discuss with family and colleagues so they understand what you are undertaking
  3. Don’t postpone assignments. .”

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