I grew up in Russia, when it was still the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). I come from a small family and I went to a typical Soviet school. I was interested in social science and for my Bachelor, I chose Sociology as my major. I also have Master of Arts in Human Resources Management and for over ten years, I worked as a Data Analyst. I moved to Sydney in 2002. I currently live with my husband and our two children in North Sydney.
I lost my job in 2016 due to company restructuring. It was hard at the time but it was also very good for me, because I finally had time to stop and contemplate the future. I re-evaluated many things and realised I did not want to work in the commercial sector anymore. I wanted to be passionate about what I do and for me, that meant working on social issues. I chose to study Public Health because I always had interest in social science and health. I could see the potential of Public Health to improve lives of many and I wanted to be part of it.
I am a very empathetic person. In my personal life, I enjoy volunteering and in the past, I have volunteered as an Ethics teacher and a camp leader. I worked with organisations such as Cancer Australia and Kookaburra Kids Foundation. I also love reading, it makes me really happy! I read widely and I always have a few books I am in the process of reading.
As a Public Health student, I am passionate about the issues of social equity and equality. I believe in the value of universal health care and preventive health. There are many challenges and barriers to preventive health in Australia and I hope I can be a part of the solution to some of these problems.
I chose UTS because it is the #1 young university in Australia. This is what attracted me in the first place. I also liked the campus, and the efficiency of the application and enrolment process. The great location and convenience of access by public transport were important to me too.
The most rewarding aspect of the course is that there is a strong focus on critical thinking, as well as knowledge and skills that are relevant to practice. In addition to traditional essays and reports, we do a lot of case studies, group work, presentations and more. It never gets dull and I love a good challenge!
I definitely feel that I have changed and developed through the courses. I have become more confident and I have met a lot of great people, both students and tutors, who inspire me to study hard and be the best version of myself.
For the future, I am still considering my options. I may continue studying or I may begin looking for a position in a non-for-profit organisation in the area of Public Health or Health Promotion.
If you are considering studying the Master of Public Health, I recommend it! It’s a really great course for anyone who is passionate about health as a social issue. The variety and diversity of topics we cover in this course is really impressive and intellectually stimulating. If you care about social issues and want to make a difference by improving population health, this course will be right for you!
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