MSc Health Policy, Planning & Financing
I am a public health physician working in health systems research in Southeast Asia. As a physician, I was concerned only about improving health of individual patients, but as a public health personnel, I began to see the bigger picture of improving the health of populations. The solutions for this, unfortunately, lie not in the realm of medicine solely. Acquiring resources to pay for care, prioritising programmes to deliver efficient and effective care, formulating and implementing policies which improve population health; these are the battlegrounds of the new public health professional. To arm myself with the tools to ‘fight the good fight’ I chose to come to the School and to study this course.
Even if you did not consider the interaction with legendary leaders in the field, eminent academics and key opinion leaders as one of the most enriching times of your life; the ‘real-world’ rooted teaching and incorporation of responses to real-time global health events as they unfold in your classroom will definitely have convinced you of the need to be here at the School.
My entire career has been redefined from my time here at the School. From a clinician, I have decided to move completely into driving and developing health policy in developing countries. I will bring to my job the current, cutting-edge research and analytical skills acquired here at the School, the strong network of colleagues and classmates built during my time here who will always be ready to support and strengthen my work as well as the proud tradition and legacy of the School’s backing and support as I go out to further the incredible work in public health that our predecessors at the School have done.