A Nigerian public health professional has graduated from a world-leading Manchester course, and she now hopes to use her skills to improve the health of young people in Nigeria.
Ogochukwu Okoye, a physician and lecturer at Delta State University Teaching Hospital in Nigeria, took the University’s online Master of Public Health course, and wrote her dissertation about the risk of chronic kidney disease in young Nigerians exposed to crude oil – a major concern in the country, as the oil industry has left areas of the Niger Delta heavily polluted.
She now hopes to apply for a grant that will enable her to carry out this research in reality, with the intention of influencing Government policy, improving the local population’s health and instigating a clean-up of the environment.
“I registered for this course to improve myself in areas of medicine that are key for a wholesome practice,” said Ogochukwu. “The team at Manchester exposed me to a highly effective manner of teaching, thus made learning worthwhile.”
“Our programme teaches students to develop a critical evidence-based approach to the discipline of public health.” said Isla Gemmell, a senior lecturer on The University of Manchester’s Master of Public Health Programme.
“Throughout her studies, Ogochuckwu demonstrated a great deal of self-motivation and willingness to learn. She is in a unique position to make a real difference to the health of the population in Nigeria through her research and her teaching.”