Felix Fandoh

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Felix Fandoh

Tell us about yourself:

I am from Ghana, West Africa. I graduated from University of Ghana, School of Translators, and I majored in translation studies and pedagogy. Prior to coming to Purdue, I taught at the Ghana Institute of Languages and I also had the opportunity to work with a community-based health education and promotion project where I functioned as a community mobilizer and educator on immunization and teenage pregnancy intervention programs in the Volta region of Ghana. Like many in the teaching profession, I see myself as a lifelong learner so after completing my master’s in applied linguistics, I decided to pursue the MPH degree to equip me with a required public health array of tools and knowledge that would enable me to continue in a professional manner the health advocacy role I play in rural communities in Africa. My hobbies and interests include travelling and meeting different cultures, biking, street photography, and music.

Your vision:

I had spent almost six years teaching in rural communities and working as an amateur health advocate in collaboration with community health workers in Ghana, and my experiences during those years made me think that a professional training in public health would be a good fit for me. When I arrived at Purdue, I got interested in the MPH program with community health concentration as a means to gain appropriate skills that would enable me to be part of a health advocacy team that believes in preventive health promotion practices and programs. I am grateful to be involved in a multidisciplinary program that focuses on the promotion of the well-being of people and societies as a whole.

Why Purdue:

For me, one of the strengths of the MPH program at Purdue is first of all the diversity of the students and the program’s multidisciplinary aspects, creating room for us to explore our various areas of interest and design our own curriculum under the close supervision of mentors. There are people from health and non-health backgrounds in the program, and they all bring a whole range of different perspectives to the classroom discussions. I find this very intriguing and rewarding.

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