Rawan Taha, Cairo Egypt
Rawan was the 2017/18 recipient of Swansea University’s prestigious Eira-Davies Scholarship. We caught up with Rawan to find out more about her about her experiences of Swansea University and her course, MSc Public Health and Health Promotion.
What did you do prior to studying at Swansea University?
Prior to studying at Swansea, I was a dentist in a public hospital in Cairo.
Why did you choose to study at Swansea University?
As an ambitious person, I was searching for an ambitious university to fulfil my continuously growing aspirations. The Public Health and Health Promotion programme offered an eclectic combination of courses thus giving me a holistic view of health systems. The courses are taught by scholars who are leaders in their field and this gives me confidence that I am receiving knowledge that is evidence based and relevant to the modern world.
Can you tell us about your course?
The full time Masters course at Swansea University is a two day course run on Wednesdays and Fridays of every week. Courses taught range from developing health promotion programmes, to public health ethics, to epidemiology, and health leadership. Such contemporary topics have allowed me to gain theoretical knowledge and practical skills that are topical and career oriented.
What are your plans/hopes for the future?
As a person dedicated to the idea of helping others my degree in Public Health would allow me to provide humanitarian assistance to those in unfortunate medical, political or emotional situations and in dire need of medical support. I plan on pursuing a career as a Health Care Administrator or a Public Health Project Manager in an international organization to implement the public health policy strategies I have learned during the course of my masters to improve or solve certain issues of the health care systems and to promote healthy habits and living lifestyles in underdeveloped countries. I also plan on completing a PhD further during the course of my career.
Would you recommend Swansea University to other students?
I would recommend Swansea to other students particularly International students for they will be receiving high quality education in a safe and supportive environment. The library facilities are also great for conducting a research or locating resources.
How do you feel about winning this scholarship? What was the process to apply for the scholarship?
Applying for the Eira Francis Davies Scholarship entailed filling out a separate application form consequent to the university application form and receiving an offer of acceptance. Upon receiving the email that I had been competitively selected for the scholarship, I felt proud, lucky and overwhelmed with responsibility to prove that I was the right candidate to be selected for the award through my work during the academic year.