Clarice Pears hosts inaugural MPH Conference

Published: 8 August 2023

The first-ever Master of Public Health Conference took place in June 2023 in SHW's Clarice Pears building, allowing students to present research undertaken in recent months, spend time with their peers and teachers, and learn from graduates of the programme about career opportunities

The first-ever Master of Public Health (MPH) Conference took place at the recently inaugurated Claire Pears Building on 20 and 21 June 2023.

Photo of a student presenting at the Master of Public Health conference 2023

Students from the 2022–2023 MPH cohort were able to participate in a two-day conference centered around their research. This conference gave students a practical opportunity to display skills they have learned over the taught course and give an oral presentation on their chosen research projects.

This event allowed for 65 students to present the research that they have undertaken over the past months with various public health topics being covered, ranging from classic to contemporary, including:

  • Social media and health outcomes
  • COVID-19
  • Refugee health
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Mental health

In addition to student presentations, keynote speakers, Prof Peter MacPherson and Dr Heather McClelland (below left), gave brief lectures on real world public health applications about infectious disease epidemiology and mental health, respectively.

The chance for professional development at this conference was also provided through career sessions which gave students advice tailored to the postgraduate job search and life from both a professional careers manager and a panel of former MPH students.

Photo of teaching staff at the Master of Public Health 2023 conference

This event was a great success and we hope that future MPH cohorts can enjoy the experience of presenting and attending a conference as part of their time in the School of Health and Wellbeing.

Karen Ruiz Ayala
Master of Public Health student

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First published: 8 August 2023

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