MSc Disaster Healthcare student Michaela Södergård, originally Finland, works for government and NGOs on refugee related issues, most recently for the Finnish Red Cross as a Development Officer for the multicultural programme.
She is currently on a six-month long internship with the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) in Geneva.
“I had been considering a Master's Degree related to disaster relief for some time. The possibility to do most of the course as distance learning was a definite advantage, which convinced me to apply. I have to say it has been remarkably smooth and trouble-free, even since relocating to the other side of the globe!
I was a bit hesitant due to the emphasis on healthcare, as I come from a social science background programme one of a kind.
I value the fact that as well as this being an academic course, it also offers hands-on training.
The 12-week placement is very valuable, not only for practical experience, but for the network you build which I believe is key for your future career.
I believe the course will be a useful step in my career as a humanitarian worker. I have gained some invaluable knowledge that will help me when deploying to natural disasters or protracted emergencies in the future.”