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Student ambassador: Emily Dobson

Emily DobsonDegree: Master of Public Health, part-time distance learning (current Year 2 student)
Location: Harrogate, UK
Occupation: Data Insight Analyst, Saint Michael's Hospice

What the MPH means to me

I started the MPH as a means to broaden my skill base to enable me to focus on starting a PhD. However, the more I studied, the more I began to realise that it taught me more about the strategy and development of health services nationally than I had bargained for.

Over my previous courses, I felt that I was the odd one out - until I joined the MPH. Here, I found a group of people who thought and felt as I do. However, finding the balance between work and university has been a struggle; sometimes I have succeeded and sometimes I have failed.

Each time it gave me a push to do better the next time. Due to this, the MPH course means a great deal, as it has shaped and changed me as a person and my thoughts irrevocably.

Academic background and career

I am a Data Insight Analyst at Saint Michael's Hospice, which is a charitable organisation that supports people with end of life care needs. This post is part of a growing national initiative to bring research and evidence-based practice to the front line of operations.

My first degree was in law and I have subsequently undertaken two postgraduate degrees, a MA in Health Care Ethics and the Law and the MPH. I am due to start a PhD in Epidemiology in September 2016.

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