- Student type: Domestic
- Degree type: Degree
- Year commenced: 2018
- Degree(s): Bachelor of Health Sciences
Bachelor of Health Sciences
A self-described “dedicated and curious public health enthusiast”, Cindy Leung wants to use public health to help make the world a better place. It seemed the logical choice for her to study a Bachelor of Public Health.
While she loved her public health subjects, Cindy also wanted to explore some of her passions in other areas. Switching to the Bachelor of Health Sciences in second year gave her the flexibility to do this, where she complimented her public health studies with electives in Korean, international business and digital audio and video production.
“I love this course because it provides me with opportunities to study different things that I’m interested in, on top of public health that I am passionate about.”
A highlight for Cindy has been applying her interest in public health to research. She took part in the selective-entry the Summer Vacation Scholarship Program offered by the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine. The program provided her with an opportunity to experience public health research first-hand, working under Dr Nazmul Karim. Cindy’s project focused on predictive models for dengue outbreaks.
“This was a challenging project as it’s not just about communicable disease, it also involved innovative technology - as well as meteorology and entomology - areas I was unfamiliar with. I was able to develop new skills and a deeper understanding of the issue. The program provided me with valuable work experience, which I wouldn’t trade for anything.”
Watch Cindy’s presentation on her Summer Vacation Scholarship Program Experience
Cindy’s also applied her passion for public health outside the classroom, taking on roles as the president of the Monash Health Science Society, a student representative and student ambassador. One of her proudest moments as president was organising the first-ever Health Sciences Ball in 2019.
Now in the final year of her degree, Cindy is considering what’s next. After her experience as a Summer Vacation Scholar, an interest in research has been ignited. She’s hoping to pursue an honours year in health sciences.
“I’m eager to learn more about research and public health. Honours is a good opportunity to not only gain in-depth knowledge from public health experts but also develop professional and research skills to apply in the research field in the future.”