Before I applied to study this MPhil, I had completed an undergrad degree in Natural Sciences at Cambridge, and spent a year working as a research assistant in the Department of Public Health and Primary Care. The MPhil was the perfect next step to build on my existing experience and teach me the theory behind some of the things I had been doing. I also knew that this is a great, friendly department to work in.
The MPhil has opened the door me to start a PhD in Cambridge on primary care management of gestational diabetes. I’ve had the chance to publish my MPhil thesis and am using lots of what I learnt on the MPhil course in my PhD – particularly the core epidemiological concepts, statistics and data management. I had never used statistics software before the course and now I am (relatively) confident using STATA!
Cambridge is a lovely place to live and work! The course was very interesting and diverse, and its great at the end of the year, once the lectures and exams have finished, to independently work on your own thesis project. I felt really supported throughout – by supervisors, the course organisers, course admin staff, classmates… and there are always lots of people at college who will listen to you if you ask them.
This MPhil brings together people from all different backgrounds with different skills and interests, but with a passion to make a difference through public health – this is inspiring!
“I chose the MPhil Public Health at Cambridge to consolidate and enhance my understanding of principles underpinning my work as an NHS and non-profit healthcare management practitioner.
Being a law graduate with experience in the areas of health care policy implementation, health service redesign and performance optimisation, I wished to gain an understanding of quantitative methods and strengthen my abilities to engage with academic research and evidence.
Due to my interests in a variety of public health care fields, I welcomed that the course offered a mixture of modules enabling me to reinforce my generalist and multi-disciplinary background while specialising in my areas of interests through course assessments. Moreover, I was keen to leave London for a city which has a real sense of community.
My newly gained epidemiological research proficiency has enabled me to pursue a role as an Epidemiologist for Medecins Sans Frontieres.
I also feel more confident in my quantitative skills and my abilities to scrutinise evidence required for my role of an NHS business analyst and project manager. Plus, the small class sizes allowed me to meet, interact and build a network of close colleagues, many of whom I have become very good friends with.
The rich discussions during lectures have taught me to challenge and question any idea, opinion and piece of information – a skill I hope to treasure forever. Cambridge enabled me to meet many amazing and inspiring people, who I will always view as role models and who will always humble me.
I will never forget the sleepless nights cramming statistics and writing essays. I will forever remember the amazing Darwin kitchen and bar that made the year much more bearable. Cambridge will always remind of what I am able to achieve with perseverance and endurance.”
Dr Molly Thomas-Meyer (class of 2015)
Consultant in Public Health
“A masters degree was a requirement of my professional training to become a Consultant in Public Health. It was a huge benefit and privilege to study on the MPhil at Cambridge, and one of the reasons I applied to the East of England training programme.
The MPhil has been an integral part of my academic groundwork to becoming a Consultant in Public Health. It contributed a great deal to my knowledge and confidence in understanding and communicating epidemiology and public health issues on a daily basis.
For my thesis I chose the topic of public attitudes towards taxes on sugary drinks.
The research I did has encouraged me to pursue a career path around communicating Public Health policy to the general public, and has allowed me to start using and developing these skills by influencing key people in this wider discussion.
I will never forget the fabulous formal dinners at some of the most beautiful buildings in England. At Cambridge I made friends with like-minded people from every corner of the globe.”
Prof Nick Steel (class of 1999)
Clinical Professor in Public Health
“Why did I want to study at Cambridge? Why would you not want to study at Cambridge? I imagined I’d be working in a medieval room with a view over the backs – but the Institute of Public Health was nearly as good…
The Diploma in Public Health, as it was then, gave me the academic grounding and personal confidence to apply for a Harkness Fellowship in the USA and then a NIHR doctoral fellowship back in the UK. It enabled me to pursue an academic career.
I will never forget having lunch with Amartya Sen in the Masters Lodge at Trinity just after he’d been awarded a Nobel Prize – simply because we were in the same College. More practically, (University Lecturer) Tom Davies’ mantra “what exactly is your research question?” was perhaps the most useful thing I learnt.”