Case Study

Audrene Campbell

MSc Public Health

Audrene Campbell graduated from her MSc Public Health degree during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this case study, she explains how her time at the University of Sunderland in London prepared her for management roles.

The University of Sunderland in London is a great place to learn. You won’t want to miss a day in class.

“In many ways, the MSc Public Health course helped me grow up and organise myself.  

A lot of the time, you need to be analytical and think critically which was not something I was skilled at before I enrolled at the University.  

Alongside the people skills I picked up and the confidence I gained in areas of healthcare including epidemiology, learning to think like an academic really helped me get ready for the career I have now.  

I’m the Deputy Manager and Clinical Lead Nurse at an independent care provider, a job I love.  

By the time I applied for my postgraduate degree, I wanted to step into a management role like this one.  

The only thing I was missing was the academic training to do the job as well as I know it should be done.  

Like a lot of people on my course, I’d been a registered nurse for quite a while before applying to the University.   

I’d worked in nursing homes and had already been considering which areas I wanted to specialise in.   

But the chance to look at my field of work from an academic perspective was hard to pass up.  

I’m a firm believer that public health is everybody’s business because we are all part of the community we live in.  

Plus, the postgraduate course was an opportunity to learn more about epidemiology which is an area of healthcare I’ve always been interested in.  

I knew it was the right decision to apply to the University as soon as I started my classes.  

I particularly enjoyed the research project because I got to travel and look into issues around diabetes, another topic I’m fascinated by, in my home country of Guyana. 

It was an amazing and enlightening experience that left me interested in looking more deeply into diabetes research in the future. 

That’s just one way my career could go. The other is to continue my management path and become a General Manager at a nursing home.  

That would give me the chance to take the lead even more and have a greater impact on people’s lives.  

The University of Sunderland in London is a great place to learn. You won’t want to miss a day in class.”  

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