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Boniface Gachara Ndegwa, MPH student ambassador

Introducing Boniface Gachara Ndegwa from Kenya

Hi! My name is Boniface Gachara Ndegwa and I am a student ambassador for the Master’s Programme in Public Health. I am happy to answer questions you may have about the programme, courses and student life in both Lund and Malmö. Please note that I cannot answer questions about the application process, scholarships, or residence permits.

My experience so far

I studied my Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy at the University of Nairobi, and after registration as a pharmacist, I worked as a pharmacist in Kenya for one year. This was at a time when the country was transitioning from a centralised system of healthcare management to a decentralised system. Owing to administrative gaps within the local government that I was working for, I took up a middle level management opportunity in which I served until August, 2018, when I reported for the Masters’ Programme at Lund University. I am also a fellow of Yonsei University in South Korea (Hospital Operations and Management) and a certified public accountant of Kenya.

The desire to study MPH was informed by the challenges and opportunities that arose during my interaction with the healthcare systems. The MPH programme offers a versatile curriculum towards the approach of public health; a perspective that allows for holistic proposition to health and the ‘general well-being’ of humanity. It is also a great meeting point for shared learning from people with varied backgrounds and nationalities but with common interests in equitable health. 

The learning facilities are situated within the ultra-modern Clinical Research Center (CRC) in Malmö, the capital of Skåne County.

Malmö is the third largest city in Sweden and is the most cosmopolitan. The city is home to the Turning Torso, Malmö Castle, St. Peter’s Church and the Öresund Bridge that links the region to Copenhagen in Denmark.

For an enriching academic experience from a world-class University and the exciting ambience of Lund and Malmö City, I would recommend the Masters’ Programme in Public Health at Lund University.

Contact me

bo3310nd-s [at] student [dot] lu [dot] se

Jessica Diez

Introducing Jessica Diez from Austria

Hi! My name is Jessica Diez and I am a student ambassador for the Master’s Programme in Public Health. I am happy to answer questions you may have about the programme, courses and student life in both Lund and Malmö. Please note that I cannot answer questions about the application process, scholarships, or residence permits.

My experience so far

For my Bachelor’s degree, I studied Geography at University of Vienna, Austria. By taking Public Health Practice as an elective during my exchange semester at Queensland University of Technology, Australia, I got the chance to learn more about the importance of a preventive approach in order to sustainably promote a population’s health. For my thesis, I wrote on how the urban environment adversely affects the health of the slum population in Manila, Philippines. After graduating, I gained some practical experience by doing an internship at Vienna Health Promotion, where I engaged myself in different health promotion projects on a communal level. 

When searching for a Master’s, I particularly valued interdisciplinary content, with a global perspective, and studying Public Health at Lund University offered this opportunity.

Coming from a non-medical background, the programme proved to be adaptable to individual needs and experiences. The learning environment itself not only promotes the student's critical attitude and active participation in class, but also allows room for creative thinking. Furthermore, I appreciate the rich expertise of the lecturers, who often come directly from the field and can therefore provide the students with the essential knowledge relevant to Public Health. 

Being part of a diverse student body is one of the most rewarding experiences of this programme by far. The class indeed represents the globe itself, with students coming from all around the world, but also with different experiences and various academic backgrounds, which make in-class discussions even more enriching.  

If you feel uncertain about something or have questions about this Master’s: Don't worry, we have all been there. That’s why we student ambassadors are here to support you with further information.

Contact me

je0213di-s [at] student [dot] lu [dot] se

Georgia Dyer

Introducing Georgia Dyer from Scotland

Hi! My name is Georgia Dyer and I am a student ambassador for the Master’s Programme in Public Health. I am happy to answer questions you may have about the programme, courses and student life in both Lund and Malmö. Please note that I cannot answer questions about the application process, scholarships, or residence permits.

My experience so far

My background is in biomedicine. For my Bachelor’s degree I studied Physiology at the University of Glasgow. My thesis was in cardiology and I worked in the British Heart Foundation Cardiovascular Research facility. On graduating I then worked for a year as a research assistant on a spinal cord study in the Neuroscience department at Glasgow University. Despite hugely valuing the importance of this work, from my experiences in Sri Lanka and Egypt (and closer to home in Scotland) I realised I wanted to help people more directly and work towards abolishing the health inequities that exist within every population.

This interdisciplinary MPH programme has exceeded all my expectations. My classmates are from across the globe and we all have diverse academic backgrounds and experiences. I learn so much just from interacting with them every day; the course itself encourages this as it involves a lot of group work and team-based learning. Our different interests are acknowledged and equally encouraged, the course is structured in such a way you can focus on what you’re interested in within every module. I think this is a particularly great aspect of the course. The lecturers and course leaders are hugely inspiring and have so much experience and knowledge to learn from. They encourage active participation whilst creating a relaxed learning environment. Besides the course, Malmö is a really lively and fun place to live in, and is so well connected that you can also live in Lund or Copenhagen; at the very least it's great to have the option to visit both so easily. All in all I couldn’t recommend this program more if you are interested in studying Public Health!

Contact me

georgiamcdyer [at] gmail [dot] com

Public Health student ambassador Milly

Introducing Milly Nakatabira from Uganda

Hi! My name is Milly Nakatabira and I am a student ambassador for the Master’s Programme in Public Health. I am happy to answer questions you may have about the programme, courses and student life in both Lund and Malmö. Please note that I cannot answer questions about the application process, scholarships, or residence permits.

My experience so far

I have a background in natural sciences. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Ethnobotany from Makerere University Kampala, Uganda, which I completed in 2013. The course focused mainly on the interaction between people, plants and society. I also hold a postgraduate certificate in Project Monitoring and Evaluation from the same University. My main interest in public health is based on my wish to contribute to sustainable development across the globe.

The program is very interesting because it focuses mainly on social medicine, international and general global health, enabling us to make comparisons and draw conclusions on aspects beyond just medical treatment. The group works have equipped me with teamworking skills: I have learnt to be flexible, listen and communicate effectively. The university’s international setting has enabled me to learn about and respect differences in cultures and backgrounds and to exchange knowledge and experience, which are very important aspects of my career development.

Contact me

mi0000na-s [at] student [dot] lu [dot] se

Public health student ambassador Michael
Introducing Michael Ndung'u Ndirangu from Kenya

Hi! My name is Michael Ndung'u Ndirangu. I am a registered nurse from Kenya and I am a student ambassador for the Master’s Programme in Public Health. I am happy to answer questions you may have about the programme, courses and student life in both Lund and Malmö. Please note that I cannot answer questions about the application process, scholarships, or residence permits.

My experience so far

The Master's Programme in Public Health at Lund University is unique given that it attracts students from different countries providing an opportunity to explore health issues from a global perspective. 

Being a student at Lund is an enriching experience as there are lots of student-led activities at the university organised by student bodies, some which have been existent for several decades. The student activities offer an opportunity to create networks and develop skills required for the job market or to prepare for leadership positions in the future. 

Contact me

ndirangu [dot] mike01 [at] gmail [dot] com

Public health student ambassador Bushra

Introducing Bushra Yeasmin Esha from Bangladesh

Hi! My name is Bushra Yeasmin Esha and I am a student ambassador for the Master’s Programme in Public Health. I am happy to answer questions you may have about the programme, courses and student life in both Lund and Malmö. Please note that I cannot answer questions about the application process, scholarships, or residence permits.

My experience so far

I am a Medical Doctor from Bangladesh. During my medical education, I got introduced to public health and its different aspects. However, I realised the real importance of preventive medicine and research during my surgical honorary training and decided to strengthen my knowledge. Lund university offered a balanced MPH program with a holistic curriculum that caught my eye. Studying at a 350-year-old university in Sweden was something like a dream and I am very pleased with my experience so far. The best thing about this program is the diversity of my fellow classmates. Every discussion gets enriched by different experiences from different backgrounds and perspectives from almost every corner of the world. The teachers are wonderful, approachable and eager to help. I live in Lund and commute to Malmo CRC every day. It is fascinating to have access to both the liveliness of student city Lund and the resources of metropolitan city Malmö. I am looking forward to another year here at Lund University and the career prospects it will bring me.

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bu5176es-s [at] student [dot] lu [dot] se

Alagie Omar Ceesay

Introducing Alagie Omar Ceesay from Gambia

Hi! My name is Alagie Omar Ceesay and I am a student ambassador for the Master’s Programme in Public Health. I am happy to answer questions you may have about the programme, courses and student life in both Lund and Malmö. Please note that I cannot answer questions about the application process, scholarships, or residence permits.

My experience so far

I have a background in nursing. I did my undergraduate degree in nursing and reproductive health from the University of the Gambia. My previous work involved care, management and prevention of HIV and AIDS in Serekunda General Hospital, Gambia. Besides, I worked as palliative care specialist taking care of the life-limiting illnesses both at the clinic and at the home-based level.

I have a special interest in infectious and emerging disease control and I thought of Lund University as my first choice because it has all the answers to my quest. Lund University is among the top 100 most prestigious universities in the world and its MPH program is general and multidisciplinary. It is great experience to be a student in Lund and I appreciate the research, group works and presentations that the programme encourages among students, which prepares you for team work in your future career.

Contact me

ceesay2 [at] hotmail [dot] com