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In 2008, while working in the remote Cambodian Northern Province of Preah Vihear, I read an online article in one of the Ugandan dailies on a new university- International Health Sciences University (IHSU) which had opened its gates and was using among others an innovative approach of the remote learning to deliver health science education in Uganda.

It was an ‘AHA’ moment for me because I had always been on a lookout for an institution that was affordable, accessible and would offer a convenient MSc. Public Health programme. I was determined that upon return to Uganda, I would enroll in to the MPH programme and fulfill my dream of more than 4 years.

August 2009 was a turning point in my career because it is when I embarked on the focused journey of acquiring my MPH. Every module was exciting and revealing because it gave me the opportunity to reflect on my experience if implementing community health and development projects in Uganda and Cambodia. One module that still looms large in my mind is the public health in conflict and complex emergencies because after the module, I  applied for and got a job with Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in one of the Refugee Settlements. As a project manager in these vast refugee settlements, I had the opportunity of applying public health knowledge in the management of health and other community service programmes aimed at alleviating the suffering of refugees. I must however admit that there came a time when my project management responsibilities took a toll on me and I struggled with my studies. I had however shut the door of retreat on my only option was to complete the course. I dug deeper on to my resolve because I knew that inside me was a spirit with power to overcome virtually any level of pain, any challenge or any problem.

 Since August, 2012, I have been working as a Programme Manager with Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET) based in Somaliland but with frequent travels to Eastern Africa region and London. The Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET) is a specialist global health partnership, strengthening health systems and enabling people in low and middle income countries to access essential health care. I manage the design and implementation of community health and health workers education and training programmes. What an exciting assignment it is! IHSU provided me with context appropriate training backed with an emphasis on professionalism.

 Five of my close friends are now enrolled in to MPH programme on my recommendation and I will continue carrying IHSU flag high everywhere I go. I implore IHSU and every alumnus and current student to pursue the path of constant and never ending improvements. I affirm that IHSU education is making a difference to health care not just in Uganda but even in Somaliland.

 It is in your moment of decision where your destiny is shaped. Time passes on very fast and the sooner you make a decision the better for you. 

Visit www.ihsu.ac.ug  and join the network of professionals that are making a difference. I will be launching my book on Career Development Tips for Fresh Graduates soon as part of my 

IHSU Alumni Connect Trace

We encourage every graduate to remain connected to the IHSU family through a wider network of the alumni professional community.  Through this community, graduates can network, share with their peers their experiences, job opportunities, news, and success strategies.

We recently asked some alumni, “How has your degree contributed to your area of work and the community”?

  • “With the background from Public Health, together with my other colleagues we founded a not for profit youth led organization that addresses issues of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) among young people called Public Health Ambassadors Uganda (PHAU). PHAU is empowering young people in communities on issues of SRH through innovative and creative approaches such as the edutainment-informative performance arts. PHAU is currently working on a one year project aimed to reducing HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination among women and girls in wakiso and Kampala. Visit our Website www.phauganda.org”.

    Segawa Patrick
  • “It has opened the gates for community entrance and I was appointed as a community's representative by the Asst. Commissioner Vector borne diseases to advocate for all ethical matters concerning a research protocol on vector borne diseases (VCD-REC) in Uganda for a period of 3 years. My appointment was based on the MPH I obtained from IHSU in addition to my background in medical parasitology and entomology. Secondary the center engaged me in support supervision of districts in areas of M&E, and periodic surveys.”

    Ssemwanga Edward Bamulanzeki
  • “"I got an opportunity of securing a post as an assistant Quality Assurance Officer at IHSU. It gave me divergent thinking in management within the Health care sector…since Q A at IHSU entails both staff and students, the skills earned from BBA (HM) have aided these tasks."

    Githinji Florence
  • “It has tremendously contributed to my area of work in the sense that 95% of the research work I do is centered on Public Health. The course units at that time, most especially research methods, understanding public health, nutrition and Uganda's health systems provided me with fundamental principles in conducting public health research and shaping the quality of community interventions in under-resourced settings.”

    Nagaddya Teddy
  • “Am now a District Laboratory Supervisor. Improved leadership in the laboratory sector”.

    BMLS - 2014
  • “I have a good command of the nursing content and are able to deliver my teaching with much confidence than before.”

    Nshimye N.Edith
  • "Improved performance and confidence at work place; Enhanced interpretation of health related issues and the ability to explain; Improved scholarly writing in Annual Reports, and Magazines; Ability to guide the intern students to confidently write their reports and research proposals; I have integrated the theories learned into real work; Ability to argue out issues basing on facts; Improved self-expression; and relating knowledge acquired into problem solving."

    Mireego Eddie
  • “I am making a difference in the health care through the consultations that I make with my patients. They are gaining a lot from the knowledge that I received while still at school”.

    Namyeso Irene
  • Every module was exciting and revealing because it gave me the opportunity to reflect on my experience if implementing community health and development projects in Uganda and Cambodia.IHSU provided me with context appropriate training backed with an emphasis on professionalism.I affirm that IHSU education is making a difference to health care not just in Uganda but even in Somaliland.

    Thomas Okedi - MPH Graduate
  • The teaching style which consisted of the e-learning modules and assignments and a day release contact session per week with the tutors with emphasis on self learning and other forms of teaching like role play, video consultations and OSCE’S in the examinations were all new to me. Lectures in the traditional sense were not as common for my program.

    Dr Ndahura Duncan - Msc. Family Medicine Graduate

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