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Student ambassador: Angus McCann

Angus McCannDegree: Master of Public Health, part-time distance learning (completed 2015)
Location: Edinburgh, UK
Occupation: Non-Executive Director, NHS Lothian

What the MPH means to me

I found the MPH course to be a great way of formalising learning in topics I wished to study - primary care, epidemiology and statistics - as well as picking up some interesting peripheral subjects, e.g. emergency event planning.

I also found it valuable in terms of understanding the academic world, research methods, literature sources and so on. It has provided a useful credential for my work, as well as a point of discussion.

As a non-clinician, the MPH helped me to gain a deeper understanding of a number of health-related topics, which has been invaluable in my career.

Academic background and career

I joined IBM in 1988 having gained a BSc (Hons) in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from the University of Edinburgh. I held a variety of technical and business roles, including as a Systems Architect, a Sales Representative and in consulting.

From 2008, I focused on the healthcare industry, initially in Scotland and thereafter in IBM's European Healthcare Business. In this group, I advised clients and business partners on the use of information technology in a range of clinical settings.

I left IBM in 2018 having joined the board of NHS Lothian and I am also a director of MyWay Digital Health. My MPH training has proved very helpful in undertaking my role of governance in both organisations.

In 2012, I gained an MSc (with distinction) from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in Healthcare Informatics, in 2015 I gained a Master of Public Health (with distinction) from The University of Manchester and in 2020, I gained an MBA (with distinction) from the University of Aberdeen.

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