Mark graduated with a Master of Public Health (MPH) from Menzies in 2003.

"I look back on my MPH with Menzies with only positive regard. A great experience of a high quality course!" said Mark.

Why did you choose to study public health?

Public health is a population health approach to improve health and well being focused on preventive health measures through methods such as health promotion, health systems improvement, health policy integration, coordination within and between different service providers, and value community engagement and participation as part of health policy development and implementation.

Why did you choose to study through Menzies?

Menzies has the best reputation for providing a MPH course specifically within the context of Aboriginal people. It also is strongly developed by researchers in the field, who also teach the course work. This triple – Aboriginal focus, research base and delivery – is a powerful combination!

Have your studies with Menzies led to further study, and if so what course are you enrolled in or have you completed?

Getting a broad based understanding to the social determinants of health provided the platform to doctoral research. In particular I was influence by the policy angle and the book Health Sociology, to investigate the policy aspects of Aboriginal peoples’ disadvantage. This directly lead to my PhD research in policy participation structures. I graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2009 (PhD) – the Participation of Indigenous Peoples in National Indigenous Health Policy Processes.

What were the highlights of your studies with Menzies?

The significance of the face-to-face workshops with the researchers/academics/practitioners at Menzies was very powerful in providing the reality of this field to temper against all the policy discourse. 

Has your public health qualification opened up career opportunities?

Yes – from the MPH to PhD now to ARC Discovery Indigenous Research Fellow – a very clear developmental pathways.

What is your role/position now?

ARC Discovery Indigenous Research Fellow for the project Aboriginal Voice Integration and Diffusion in Public Health Collaboratives (see www.avidstudy.com).