Tharaphi comes from Myanmar and is studying towards her Master of Public Health. She received a New Zealand ASEAN scholarship from the New Zealand Aid Programme.
“‘Prevention is better than cure’ – those are the words that attracted me to the field of Public Health. In my country, while many doctors are trying their best to save lives with their medical knowledge, the mortality and morbidity rates of both communicable and non-communicable diseases are still high, due to lack of public health knowledge and awareness of the nature of the diseases.
“I chose to study Public Health, not only to improve the health-related knowledge, attitude and practices of my community, but also to reduce the burden of disease in Myanmar.”
Among all the universities in New Zealand, the University of Auckland is the leading institution in most fields, so it is the best place for me to improve my knowledge and gain the skills I need to become a qualified public health professional.
“The facilities at the University are awesome – all the libraries offer student-friendly environments to study in and the perfect range of books, resources and workshops. The teaching and academic staff are very friendly and professional and offer a lot of academic support.
“Studying at the University of Auckland has been a great experience and I’m really inspired by the lecturers and the public health professionals in New Zealand. I’ve learned a lot about ways to improve public health in Myanmar.”