ScHARR Alumnus - Dr Paschal Awingura Apanga
Master of Public Health
I am Dr. Paschal Awingura Apanga, and I am currently the medical superintendant of Talensi District Hospital - Ghana Health Service in the Upper East region. After graduating from Medical School and working for two years as a clinician in various rural hospitals in Ghana, I decided to pursue the Master of Public Health programme (MPH) in ScHARR at the University Sheffield.
I chose to study MPH because I needed to improve my knowledge and competence in public health in order to have good grasps of wider health issues affecting society. I chose ScHARR and the University of Sheffield among other universities I was offered admission because it’s one of the top ranked public health schools worldwide.
The School has renowned world class public health experts, so you gain the knowledge and skills you need to develop your career in public health. During the course, I developed core competences in public health management and leadership, communicable disease control, research, especially how to conduct public health needs assessment and to implement interventions to address those needs. My knowledge on key global and national health issues as well as the wider social determinants of health has also now increased.
Besides being a medical superintendent of a district hospital, I am also the public health team leader, and all this happened after I successfully completed the MPH programme in ScHARR. Alongside that, I am also putting my research methods skills which I acquired during my MPH training into practice, with up to nine publications in highly rated academic journals. I recommend ScHARR to anyone still wondering where to go for their master’s degree in public health.