Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery

Award success for two International Public Health Students

Monday, 15 August 2011


Chinyere Agu and Olamide O Ayodele two international students from Nigeria, have been successfully awarded internships with Gold Mercury International. Both students are studying on the Master’s in Public Health course run by the Department of Social Work and Public Health at Oxford Brookes University. In addition Chinyere has also been awarded a scholarship for a short course in public health by the Johns Hopkins Fall Institute in Health Policy and Management in collaboration with the Universitat de Pompeau, Spain.

Chiyere’s aim is the pursuit of a career in public health. Her hope in obtaining an internship with Gold Mercury International is to approach public health from a real world point of view with the opportunity to sharpen her basic skills prior to the completion of her master’s degree. The award of her Johns Hopkin’s scholarship is, she says, a dream come true that she expects will broaden her scope in health policy. Her belief is that “determination and hard work today leads to success tomorrow” but recognises that none of her accomplishments in this area would have been possible without her studies at Oxford Brookes.

Olamide whose first degree is in Microbiology advises that she has always aspired to contribute to the management and improvement of the population. Her master’s course has broadened her horizons especially with regard to the importance of research in delivering evidence-based medicine. In order to acquire more knowledge beyond the theoretical aspect being taught on her course, and to give her an understanding of health education ethics and how health beliefs vary among different ethnic groups she is undertaking voluntary work with a charity organisation specialising in health promotion. Olamide sees the opportunity of a three month internship with Gold Mercury International as a part-time remote intern analyst as a chance to broaden her horizons with regard to undertaking research and write it up independently. In addition, she hopes the internship will give her the opportunity to learn about the impact of global science and technology on the population’s health and health policies. She says “this is a great opportunity and I am hoping for a remarkable experience during my internship!”

Jane Goodman-Brown, Programme Lead for Public Health said “the team and I are delighted to see the success of our students and their participation in international public health”.