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Master’s Degree Programme in Public and Global Health

Alumni interviews

Indira Adhikari from Nepal

MHS class of 2013, current PhD student, International Doctoral Programme in Epidemiology at the University of Tampere

My background is a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and I worked as a nursing instructor for diploma level nursing students in my home country.

The Master’s Programme in Public Health (as it was named at the time) provided me with a gateway for the IPPE program.

During my transition from the MHS to the IPPE program many new concepts came up. Epidemiology and biostatistics were very important as they prepared me for the IPPE. The teaching staff responsible also played a vital role in the transition, as many of them also lecture in the IPPE programme. Guest lecturers also play a very important role for a deeper understanding of some specific/core studies.

Tampere itself is a safe place, where you can ‘’walk freely’’ and it is extremely beautiful and peaceful. Adapting to the weather during winter was a little challenging as I was not familiar with this kind of weather!

It’s interesting to get inquiries from the school on how ‘’alumni’’ are doing and I think this is a good initiative!

Subas Neupane from Nepal

MHS class of 2005, currently Post-Doctoral Researcher, PhD (DOPAS) Occupational Health at the University of Tampere

I have a background in Physics along with a BSc in Health Sciences.  I taught in a secondary school in my home country.

I would recommend this programme, especially for anybody who wishes to gain a really good background in public/global health. As an MHS student, my main areas of interest were Epidemiology and Biostatistics. The excellent foundation in these core subjects really helped when I went on to conduct my PHD research - I was able to analyze the data myself.

Currently I am involved in a number of research projects alongside my teaching and thesis supervision responsibilities.

The opportunity to study in Finland where education is known to be of a very high level, was a major motivating factor in applying for the MHS programme. Tampere is a medium sized, attractive city, with an excellent infrastructure.  Student accommodation was of a good quality.  Contrary to what some may think, Tampere is affordable.

Hisasue Tomomi from Japan

MHS Class of 2009. Continued her studies in European Master’s of Health Economics and Management (A joint degree program of University of Oslo, Erasmus university, Management Center Innsbruck, University of Bologna), Austria. Currently a PhD student at the University of Tampere.

After the graduation in 2011, I needed to go back to my home country for a while. During my time in Japan, I worked as a health professional, my tasks were more related to primary health care. This time gave me a very valuable opportunity to scrutinize the current Japanese health care system and establish new networks.

Eventually after 4 years, I started another Master’s degree program that is strongly associated with my master’s thesis topic, in order to increase my suitability for a PhD position.


I chose the University of Tampere, because one of my Finnish friends recommended the course. When I worked as a Registered Nurse in Australia, I had the opportunity to work alongside several Nordic colleagues. This sparked my interest in exploring higher education opportunities related to the Nordic model of health care systems.

I highly recommend this programme to others. The lectures were excellent, and professors and teachers were very approachable. I chose the public health programme but I also enjoyed taking some courses in global health programme. Students could share their ideas and had great discussions, with a supportive atmosphere. The course coordinators were very supportive and dedicated to my possible future pathways.

I was proud that I chose this course. I did quite enjoy my time in Tampere!

William Garbrah from Ghana

Senior lecturer at JAMK University of Applied sciences, Finland.

I was a student in the International Master's Degree Programme in International Health (MIH) at the University of Tampere, in the 2009 class.

As a senior lecturer, I am tasked with both teaching and tutoring of students. I use both Finnish and English language in my working life. My studies in international health were instrumental in securing a job even before graduation. The modules on research and research methods have proven particularly valuable in my current position

David Doku from Ghana

Senior Lecturer at the Department of Population and Health, University of Cape Coast, Ghana and a Postdoctoral Researcher at the School of Health Sciences, University of Tampere, Finland.

I teach and supervise students at both graduate and undergraduate levels, conduct research and engage in community service. My research is mainly on adolescents’ health behaviour but I also conduct research on other public health topics such as maternal and child health.


In regards to employment, I did not wait for a job because I enrolled for a PhD after my MSc in Health Sciences studies (Public Health, MPH 2005 class). Even if were to seek for job, I am sure I would have found one easily because of the rich content of the programme. And after my PhD studies too I got a job immediately.

Although I did not look for a job after the MSc., I think it would have been instrumental in securing a job because of the diversity of the content of the programme and its ‘hands on’ training approach, which is unique.

By working in a developing country, the participation in the programme has prepared me to make an impact because the content of the programme was very contemporary and student centered mode of delivery which ensured that the programme “went through us” rather than just going through prepared me very well for the work I do now.

Concerning the relevance of different modules to my current work, it is hard to single out one particular module as superior over the other. I think the course on Perspectives in Public Health which gave a general overview of the themes in public and which kind of brought all of the students from the diverse backgrounds to a sort of par. I can think of the course in Epidemiology and the practical Epi classes which made the concept real. Then the Statistical/Methods modules such as Introduction to Statistics, Logistic Regressions Analysis, Meta Analysis, Biometry, etc which all had sections in the computer laboratory for students to work with their own data set. I think all the courses were really great and very beneficial. Without sounding repetitive, I must say that very single of these courses have been very useful.

Tampere is an ideal city, not to too small and not too big. Besides, the University of Tampere is one of the best Universities in Finland and, of course, Finland has the best educational system in the world. Somehow, my friends who were in other Universities in other parts of Finland ended up in Tampere after their studies, so Tampere is like no other when it comes to studying. 

I would definitely recommend this programme to others! All whose would like to develop a career in Public Health /International Health should aspire to be enrolled into the Masters in Public/International Health programme here at the School of Health Sciences, University of Tampere.

Living in Tampere was a great. The nature in and around the city is just invigorating. Tampere is not only a beautiful and nice city but its people are warm too. I remember during our studies the mayor of the city hosted an evening for all international students in the city hall, a place where even most Finns might never set foot on. Tampere is also nice place to study because of its cultural diversity. You meet students from all over the world. At a point in time in my student’s flat, we were three students from three continents. It was an experience one may rarely encounter again in life.

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