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Student ambassador: Ben Wamamili

‌Degree: Master of Public Health, part-time distance learning (completed 2015)
Location: New Zealand
Occupation: Medical Doctor

What the MPH means to me

The MPH course equipped me with valuable skillsets that have enabled me to better understand the complexities of health systems, and the inequalities in health outcomes among populations.

It also broadened my knowledge and ability to critically appraise literature, identify research gaps, and plan, design and conduct research to fill these gaps. Effective time management and communication, as well as working collaboratively with multidisciplinary teams, have also been of immense help to me.

In December 2020, I completed a PhD in Health Sciences that focused on cigarette smoking and electronic cigarette use (vaping), and support for tobacco endgame strategies among university students in New Zealand and Australia.

Academic background and career

I hold a Diploma in Information Systems Analysis and Design, a Doctor of Medicine, a Master's in Public Health, and a PhD in Health Sciences. I am currently an Adjunct Fellow in Health Sciences at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.

My interest in recent years has focused on tobacco control, electronic cigarette use, and alcohol and other drug use. I have used large samples of tertiary students in New Zealand and Australia; collaborated with health researchers in New Zealand, Australia and the UK; published a number of articles in peer reviewed journals, and shared my work locally and internationally through conferences and research forums.

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