Dr Serge Holenn, originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, undertook the MA in Health Management, Planning and Policy.
What made you choose MA in Health Management, Planning and Policy at Leeds?
I chose the MA in Health Management, Planning and Policy to acquire technical skills which will allow me to adress the massive challenges of health in the context of low and middle income countries. This means, in a context of scarce human, infrastructural and financial resources, skilled management is required to understand, assess, evaluate and prioritize appropriate solutions to the problems. The MA will allow me to achieve the essecial technical skills necessary for my role.
In addition, the outstanding reputation of Leeds University and especially The Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development at the School of Medicine, motivated me to choose Leeds. The Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development is also conducting relevant research into areas of my interest - how to address the challenges of health in low and middle income countries. Moreover, I found it an amazing opportunity to learn from my peers on the programme in a diverse environment.
What was the highlight of the programme?
The most interesting part of the course was the interactive and practical outcome of the lectures. Furthermore, the learning environment provides an enriching moment to learn from multiple experiences.
Would you recommend MA in Health Management, Planning and Policy to others?
I strongly recommend others attend this programme, especially people from French spoken countries like me to improve our English, and because Leeds offers an exciting learning environment with outstanding library and sport facilities to keep your mind and body fit and healthy. Lastly, Leeds is beautiful town full of attractions, beautiful landscapes, cycling paths and very good public transport networks.
What do you plan to do after graduation?
On my return home, I expect to take a proactive role as a key Health Manager and Planner for my country in order to suggest planning and management solutions to health challenges in my country.
From previous experience with a colleague of mine, we initiated a small project of Emergency Care called “MEDECINS DE NUIT SPRL“. Through this project, we provided 24/7 emergency care, home consultation and ambulance services to the population of KINSHASA, the main town of DR CONGO. This experience taught me that small objectives are achievable in a cost-effective manner through local solutions. Also, with the experience gained at Leeds, I hope I will be able to suggest and advocate for solutions to address the health challenges in my country.