We caught up with Master of Global Health student, Stella Benita, to find out why she chose postgraduate study and how she thinks the degree has helped her career.
The University of Sydney's Master of Global Health program was really interesting. The program provides students with the basic knowledge on public health while offering a range of elective courses. It stood out, as the program offered international field placement and a capstone project. My capstone project experience was wonderful and I am so greatful for the opportunity.
Soon after graduating, I have been able to secure a job during this challenging time. I now have a role in the public health sector and am excited to start my career in global health.
I have continued volunteering with Australian Doctors International (ADI) after finishing my capstone project with them. My latest contribution was designing COVID-19 Vaccine Poster for Papua New Guinea with ADI.
I have also started an educational instagram page (@dr.stelben) and a podcast called "Podcast Sebatas Angan", an Indonesian-based podcast where we discussed global health issues and our aspirations for the advancement of Indonesia’s public health sector.
I learnt a lot about global health from the different courses, networking and volunteering experiences available to me throughout the degree. My teachers were open to discussions about career prospects and helped me prepare for entering the industry. The Master of Global Health program also provided placement opportunities, which allowed me to gain experience with NGOs and even explore research in the field.
I am currently working as a technical officer for the clinical service unit of FHI360’s EpiC Program in Indonesia. My typical day at work involves working with the government to provide HIV related technical assistance to health providers. I work together with a team to support healthcare providers through discussion and technical support based on data gathered.
The global health sector is a unique and intricate sector to learn - there’s no one size fits all solution that can fix the current issues that we face. However, through discussion and multi-sectoral cooperation, a tailor-made solution can emerge. If you are passionate about solving global health issue, the University of Sydney is a perfect place to practice discussion, meet new people and broaden your knowledge to prepare you to become a global health problem solver.