Student ambassador: Manfred Morchen
Degree: Master of Public Health, part-time distance learning (current Year 3 student)
Occupation: Regional Advisor for Inclusive Eye Health for an international NGO in the Philippines, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea
What the MPH means to me
The MPH is a great course and its impact on my professional life cannot be overestimated. The meaning of the MPH for me is to get a profound overview about public health and to enable me to improve my professional approach to public health issues.
I enjoy very much the exchanges with tutors, as well as with other students, and getting inputs that are very relevant for my professional career. There have already been tangible changes; for instance, to my way of monitoring and evaluating programmes.
I embarked on the MPH during a very busy time where my wife and I had to move between different countries and even continents several times – so time management and self-motivation were really crucial to meet the demands of study.
During my time in Sierra Leone, I had to cope with erratic internet access and frequent day-long power cuts, which might be a valuable experience to share for students coming from similar countries.
As a non-native English-speaking student and also somebody who embarked on the MPH after ten years' absence from university, I can share my experiences in readjusting to academic life. I thoroughly enjoy having access to a great library.
Academic background and career
I graduated with a medical degree from Heinrich-Heine-University Dusseldorf, Germany in 1997 and have specialised in ophthalmology throughout my career.
I am currently a Regional Advisor for Inclusive Eye Health for an international NGO in the Philippines, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea and, prior to this appointment, I was the medical director at eye hospitals in Sierra Leone and Cambodia.
I completed my PhD in Ophthalmology in 2003 in Germany.
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