Jomy Jose

For Master of Public Health student Jomy, the breadth of the course and range of specialisations really appealed to him.

Master of Public Health

I completed a Bachelor of Dentistry in India and then decided to pursue my interest in public health.

My options in dentistry were fairly limited and they were treatment-based. But prevention is key to public health and the Master of Public Health has a wide range of different fields that you can specialise in, everything from global health to biostatistics or health policy – there are so many. The breadth really appealed to me and I thought I could find my niche.

I’ve just completed the first semester and so far we’ve covered the foundations and biostatistics and epidemiology. I’ve decided to pursue global health and I’m also interested in health promotion, which we’ll cover next year.

I had never been to Melbourne or Australia before coming here to study, but the University has made it so much easier to settle in. During orientation week, there were lots of events, workshops and opportunities to interact with students from all over the world. There was also support with my accommodation, and advice on things to do and where to go in and around Melbourne.

There are students from 34 countries in the course, which is amazing. I’ve never experienced such a diverse student cohort before – people have a wide range of backgrounds: psychology, biomedicine, nursing, political science. It’s varied and everyone has something to contribute, which is a great learning opportunity.

The teaching faculty are brilliant. They come with experience from all around the globe and they’ve worked in the field for many years. They’re very accommodating, always approachable and they tailor their teaching to accommodate us being from so many different countries and backgrounds.

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