MSc Public Health 2018 - 2019
Malachy found it hard adjusting back into university life at first, especially having had a few years away. However, he found that through seeking help from his tutors, he managed to have the best student experience possible, both in and outside of his course. Malachy now enjoys every aspect of MSc Public Health and all of the different perspectives of health that come with it.
Why did you choose Birmingham City University?
“I chose to study at Birmingham City University because of the extensive course curriculum offered at this university. After adequate research, I was convinced that the university, lecturers and environment was right towards attaining my degree.”
What did you enjoy most about your course?
"Firstly, my interest in the general well-being and health of my community at a local and national level was the motivating factor in applying for this course. When I got here, it was a little bit of a challenge having to adapt to a different environment and mode of learning. However, my classmates were the absolute best and most especially my lecturers for creating time outside the classroom to deal with our needs and concerns. It was a completely overwhelming process, but I am happy and proud to say I enjoyed every bit of this process and certainly look forward to what the next phase of my life."
How did you find the support from staff?
"The staff on my course were very helpful. It was a bit of a challenge returning to study to be honest, having had a few years away from education. Having to come to lectures, meet assignment deadlines, prepare slides for presentation and all the reading involved was quite overwhelming. At first I was a little reluctant to seek support, however I learn that the staff here are always at your disposal if you reach out to them."
Did the course live up to expectations?
Yes, definitely. I did expect the course to be difficult, but it was enlightening and seeing public health from different perspectives was interesting so it lived up to my expectations in that aspect. Being able to see health from pathogenic or salutogenic lenses, understanding various insights both from a lay man and professional view was the best part of the course. The university environment was also great, far better than any other university I’ve been too. It has a good mix of academic, social and external factors all in sync to provide the best student experience.