MSc Public Health graduate Grace Jeffries now work as an analyst for the Public Health Wales Observatory. The Observatory is responsible for transforming data into public health intelligence, such as reports and interactive charts produced in response to local and national requirements.
"I have always wanted a job that would help improve the health on a population level. I chose postgraduate study in Public Health because it focuses on the health of the population and tackling prevention rather than cause.
As a Public Health Intelligence Analyst I have the unique opportunity to analyse all aspects of public health. This provides me with an excellent understanding of the current health status in Wales. In the Observatory we are often the first to transform data into meaningful intelligence. Therefore, we know the trends and snapshots of health indicators in Wales and can relay this information to our stakeholders, who can then bring about change.
I really enjoy the variety in my job. The variety of work helps build a plethora of skills that can be applied both to analysis and public health. In the next few months I aim to improve my technical skills especially data extraction routines and to liaise more with local public health teams.
I chose to study at USW because the MSc Public Health course was designed in consultation with Public Health Wales. I believed this helped me get a job with Public Health Wales.
I thoroughly enjoyed the course. The senior lecturer is very passionate and enthusiastic about public health and this made lectures interesting and meaningful. All lectures were very interactive, and the mix of home and international students enabled cultural based learning.
The public health course allowed us to choose our own essay titles which meant we could relate key public health themes and principles to topics that were of interest to us personally. I wrote essays on cycling in London, eating disorders in men, cycling initiatives in Zambia and the effect of giving birth in later life.
My postgraduate studies have helped me with my job because they have reinforced and advanced my analytical skills, research methods, statistics, and epidemiological concepts in relation to global multi-disciplinary public health practice across the wider determinants of health.
Conducting literature reviews to critique the practical implications of research on public health practice provided me with a greater understanding of evidence base for public health and how this is utilised in practice and policy development."