My Experiences at the University of Haifa as an International Student

By Htoi Zawng Naw, a student of MPH in Global Health Leadership & Administration, 2017-2018 Cohort.


My name is Htoi Zawng Naw. I am a dentist from northern part of Myanmar called Kachin State. Currently I am studying Master of Public Health in Global Health Leadership and Administration program at the University of Haifa, Israel.

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MPH Students with the program heads Prof. Richard Schuster and Prof. Manfred Green

Living in a foreign country has always been exciting for me. I have been to Israel two years ago as a tourist and I visited some interesting places. I enjoyed the Israeli culture and the food. I was thinking that coming to Israel for a few days was not enough and I wanted to explore more about their cultures. Finally, I decided to study for a year and subsequently applied for Master of Public Health in Global Health Leadership and Administration program at the University of Haifa. I chose to study global health because the world has become a global village. I aim to connect with more public health professionals and learn how to deal with current health problems around the world.

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Htoi during her practicum at Rambam Hospital, Haifa

During my stay in Haifa, I was able to do my 4-month practicum project at Rambam Hospital – which is world-renowned for Nobel Prize laureates among its staff, publishing medical research papers and using cutting-edge technology to improve clinical practice. I was involved in one of the hospital projects to assess the impact of the Case Manager in promoting patient health which will influence the quality and service measures in the hospital.

The purpose of my practicum is to apply the theory that I have learned during the course by conducting literature review and observations during hospital visitation. I have learned invaluable experiences through my practicum project. It was a great privilege to be part of their team and I am thankful to Professors Manfred Green, Richard Schuster, Dr. Shuli Brammli-Greenberg (my supervisor), and the Nurse Manager, Ms. Limor Chen who worked with me during the practicum.

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Htoi at the Hecht Museum at our Mount Carmel Campus

Finally, my future plan is to become a public health advisor which will enable me to live out my passion of advocating for health equity for all human beings. My experience in Haifa has been wonderful and I am still discovering more historical places and enjoying Mediterranean food while I am here.  I would recommend more international students to come and study public health at the University of Haifa.

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