Introducing Abimbola Ajomale from Nigeria
Hello! My name is Abimbola Ajomale, 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 kindly note that I cannot answer questions about the application process, scholarships, or residence permits.
My Experience so far
I am a primary care physician, a certified adolescent health educator with a background in Medical Laboratory Science (chemical pathology). I have served in different capacities as coordinator and Head of various health facilities in Nigeria, with experience in project management, policy formulation, health system design and implementation spanning about a decade and a half. Having worked and implemented programmes targeted at adolescent health in different states in Nigeria, I decided I needed a global experience and training to take the game to another level.
I found out about Lund University Public Health in the second cycle through a friend who had applied some years back. I went all out to check the University's global rating, and I was so impressed that I promised myself it's only Lund University and nothing else.
I must say it has been a great experience since I started my training at Lund University. The faculty members are so warm and welcoming. They present theoretical frameworks in such a manner that you will be able to understand it and how it works in real life. To crown it all, our teachers are astute researchers in their own field making a global impact where it counts. This was actually the first place ever I experienced the concept of learning in a smart environment with modern-day learning tools which Sweden is globally known for.
I was actually surprised when I met the kind of diversity represented in my class. I knew all at once there were no bias or any prejudice in the selection of candidates. People from all walks of life with different training and exposures. This gave all our discussions so much richness and flavor. I assure you that you will not regret making Lund University MPH Programme your top choice. You will have a home away from home throughout the Skåne region where we have Lund, Malmö and Helsingborg housing the other campuses.
I assure you that you will have a positive life long experience with Lund University. You can always reach out if you want more information about the experience.
ajomalea [at] gmail [dot] com
Introducing Lei Hnin Soe from Myanmar
My name is Lei Hnin Soe from year 2 and I come from Myanmar. As I'm from a very different context, I had so many difficulties when I first moved to Sweden in terms of language, communication, nature of the study (our education system is quite different from here), weather, food, and so on. Nevertheless, I managed to adapt to the culture, weather and study environment. Most important of all, I got so many friends which made my student life more meaningful. I'm amazed by how the teachers here in Sweden treat and coach the students. I felt so equal compared to the hierarchical study structure in my home country. I could speak up even if I was not confident with my language skills.
This is my experience in Sweden so far. Feel free to ask me if there's any information you need.
leihninsoe [at] gmail [dot] com
Introducing Katherine Wallis from Canada
Before starting this masters programme, I completed my Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Victoria in Canada. I worked as a registered nurse in a hospital setting for four years and specialised in reproductive and sexual health care.
This was what led to my desire to transition my career towards Public Health and made me start researching Public Health programmes around the world. I wanted to put myself in a position to be able to better the reproductive and sexual health of individuals on a larger scale. Then I found the Master's programme at Lund University, the programme would allow further experience in this area through electives, an internship option and thesis work and had a top 100 university rating. But it was probably the multidisciplinary approach of the programme which sealed the deal for me. Getting to work with professionals from many different backgrounds all over the world has been the highlight as it has been such an amazing learning opportunity. Critical class discussions have led to my growth in knowledge and perspectives, as well as inspiring teachers who are actively involved in important research.
ka1105wa-s [at] student [dot] lu [dot] se
Introducing Wasim Jabari from Sweden
Hi! My name is Wasim Jabari 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 Management and Marketing with a Minor in Peace Studies at Manchester University, Indiana, United States. I worked on different projects for different international non-profit organisations, for example, Blumont, CARE International, Oxfam G.B, and the World Bank in Jerusalem and the West Bank. Managing different projects in the West Bank has increased my interest to learn more about the technical part of the public health sector and understand its theories.
After doing lots of research, I found that Lund University offers one of the best Public Health Master’s programmes in all of Sweden. I knew then that the MPH programme at Lund University is exactly what I am looking for; it has an interdisciplinary content with a global focus and that is precisely what I was interested in. I wanted to understand the foundation of public health and transform this knowledge into practice once I am done.
The course leaders were very professional and really amazing – I learned so much from them. They were able to link the theoretical knowledge to their real-life experiences. They also followed some creative teaching strategies, for example, 'flipped classroom activity', which basically entails making students read about a specific topic, and then discuss it within small groups and present it to class. Such activities help the students to gain multiple skills, for example, interpersonal communication between group members, presentation skills, understanding the concepts in-depth, and actively listening to the perspectives of other students. I can say with confidence that they were able to give me a solid foundation of knowledge about public health, which I can take with me to the real world.
Our class is very diverse; students come from many countries with different backgrounds. It was an opportunity for me to learn about their cultures and their real work experiences globally, which helped enrich the class discussions and add more value to the programme. Besides the courses, Malmö is a really fun city to live in; there are always many activities to attend and it is also very close to Copenhagen.
Don't forget that we have all been there; we've all had many questions on our minds and we needed answers. Don’t worry – we are here to provide you with answers. Please do not hesitate to contact me for more information.
jabariwasim [at] gmail [dot] com