Sally Hartmanis

Sally Hartmanis

Sally Hartmanis

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

Master of Public Health

2022 is an exciting time for me, as I’m about to embark upon a PhD at the University of Oxford, exploring health economics and genome sequencing. I’ve been fortunate enough to have received a full scholarship, and am greatly looking forward to the study and change of place.

Until this opportunity, I was most recently with the Centre for Population Genomics, where I was responsible for leading the project management team and industry partnerships. The Centre is a collaboration between the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute which was established to solve the critical scientific, regulatory, and technical problems currently limiting the development of genomic medicine in Australia, and to execute large-scale projects that will establish Australia’s leadership in this field.

Prior to that, I was a manager at Deloitte specialising in health economics and social policy consulting, with a particular focus on life science clients. These include pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies, medical research institutes, as well as state and federal government departments.

I undertook my Master of Public Health specialising in health economics part-time while working full-time for four years. I decided to pursue a Master of Public Health because I wanted to enhance my public health analytical skills and develop my knowledge of health economics frameworks. I chose Monash because of its leading reputation, particularly in the fields of public health and health economics. The program offered is well-tailored to students, like me, who seek to further their studies while continuing to work full-time, which was an important factor in my decision.

What I most enjoyed about studying this degree was the interplay between my work and studies. There were often points of crossover between my subjects at university and the subject matter of the projects my team and I were managing, which means I was able to bring insights from my studies into my work and vice versa. This has not only benefited the richness of my learning but has also increased the value that I’m able to contribute through my work.

My advice for someone considering the Master of Public Health at Monash is to have a clear idea of the skills you want to develop – but also be open to exploring new interests. For example, I went into the degree knowing I wanted to develop my health economics skills. I thought I’d choose this area as my specialisation, with my other electives being health policy subjects. After studying the introduction to biostatistics and research methods units, however, I realised that statistical analysis and research design were areas I was really interested in and wanted to pursue further. So, I tailored my electives to ensure I could hone my skills in these areas, as well as in health economics.

I’m passionate about working at the intersection of science, business, and policy to drive the development, translation, and commercialisation of lifesaving medical research and particularly genomic medical research. I’m very grateful that I’m able to pursue this passion through my current role at the Centre for Population Genomics. From here, I’d like to continue to develop my experience and expertise within this nexus, so that Australians can benefit from the translation of research pioneered by Australian medical research institutes.

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