Emily Nelson

Emily Nelson

Emily Nelson

  • Student type: Domestic
  • Degree type: Degree
  • Year commenced: 2017
  • Degree(s): Bachelor of Public Health

Bachelor of Public Health

“Growing up in Clayton, going to Monash has always been something I wanted from a young age. I knew I wanted to study something in the health field once I completed high school. I got interested in the Bachelor of Public Health after learning about population health and health promotion during Year 12. Once I attended Monash’s Open Day and got to hear from academics and current students, I knew I was making the right choice.

Through studying public health, I’ve loved learning about the many health challenges facing both Australia and the globe. I’ve also enjoyed the flexibility of my degree. Having electives each semester meant I was able to complete a minor in politics, another interest of mine. I believe this minor will really compliment what I have learnt during my degree where health and politics are so highly interrelated.

I was recently part of the ACICIS Public Health Study Tour, where I was fortunate to learn about the public health challenges facing both rural and urban Indonesia.  Throughout the jam-packed 2 weeks, we attended many field trips to local health centres, hospitals, national landmarks and other health promoting organisations in Jakarta and Yogyakarta. I now have the ability to compare and contrast the issues facing this developing country, to Australia's context.

I know I am going to graduate from this degree with best-practice knowledge about public health, health promotion and disease prevention. I’ve constantly been challenged to think about health issues from a range of perspectives. This degree has helped my peers and I become critical and analytical thinkers, which are vital skills that will be used wherever our careers may take us.
Next up, I’m really looking forward to completing my 100-hour placement and having the opportunity to apply everything I have learnt over the past few years.

I am passionate about preventing illness, disease and injury, before they occur. This is not only great for people on an individual level, but it is much more economical for populations as a whole, so I hope to work somewhere where I can advise on, develop and evaluate health policies and programs to promote the health and prevent disease of all Australians in the long term. After a few years of working in the health sector, I hope to return to Monash to complete my Masters of Public Health to extend my knowledge within the field I’m so passionate about!”

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