I grew up in Sydney and went to high school in the inner city, ending up on the NSW student honour roll. Even though I loved subjects like history, I always knew I wanted to do something that allowed me to think methodically and analytically while still being able to help people. It wasn’t until my late teens that I developed an interest in science and realised the importance of population health.
I was inspired to study the Bachelor of Health Science because it allows students to gain insight into the complex health needs of different populations while being exposed to the latest developments in the health sciences and aspects of medicine. The degree is very practical and collaborative, which are two aspects of academic study I value highly.
I’m passionate about public health research. Specifically, I’m interested in the prevention and management of non-communicable diseases and chronic health issues, population level health behaviour change and implementation science. I have a growing passion for public health genomics as a tool to inform prevention strategies. Health research has the unique ability to unite populations in what they may be experiencing. Plus, research has the power to advocate for what’s important while informing clinicians, patients, families and whole communities. I’m also very passionate about my family, friends, cooking and my dog Iggy!
I chose UTS because I found that the Faculty of Health makes a huge effort to support and listen to its students. UTS has always shown a commitment to providing us with the best resources and passionate teachers. Our cohort is really close-knit and I will really miss it when I graduate.
There have been so many amazing experiences during my studies, it’s hard to name just one! I always appreciate the opportunities to practically apply what we learn. Hearing from people who are working in the field is always a great experience. Plus, we are continually being exposed to the different facets of the health field and how we can be the next generation of health workers. It’s empowering.
Studying this degree has shown me the importance and impact public health has on the world. I cannot wait to be a part of it! While individual patient care is so important, public health really does encompass so much of our society, and the relationship between the individual and the population is an important one. I believe it’s when we share and collaborate between these two realms that the best health outcomes can be achieved.
When I finish my undergraduate studies, I hope to continue working in health research. I am keen to complete a Master of Public Health with a focus on research methods… and then, maybe even complete a PhD! I’m excited to see where my studies take me, but remaining involved in the health field while working in a team is my immediate future plan.
I would describe this degree as collaborative; it aims to reflect what is currently happening in the world in regards to health. You are exposed to a huge variety of subjects to help you refine your study interests. The skills I continue to learn are applicable in any work environment, which is a great benefit. My advice to you is to say yes to everything. Don’t be shy, and put yourself forward! You only get what you put in, so if you are willing to work hard, you can only be rewarded. Above all, ask questions, be open to learning new information and back yourself!
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