Felix Fandoh

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Felix Fandoh

Tell us about yourself:

I am from Ghana, West Africa. 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. This gave me the opportunity to collaborate with community health workers to provide services like immunizations, treated bed nets, contraceptives distributions, prenatal care and counselling, and chronic disease management in rural Ghana. These moments helped to validate my decision to pursue a career in public health and gain appropriate qualification in the health industry. That is why, after completing my master’s in applied linguistics, I decided to pursue the MPH degree to be equiped with the 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 education:

I graduated from University of Ghana, School of Translators, and I majored in translation studies and pedagogy.

Your vision:

I am interested in health risk communications, preventative health education and promotion in the area of hygiene/nutrition, sexual/reproductive health and child/maternal health. I hope to be working with non-governmental organizations that use evidence-based approaches to reduce chronic disease burden as well as to promote and improve health outcomes in developing countries.  

Why Purdue:

Purdue’s program is structured in a way that allows students to gain in-depth skills in all required competencies, while providing the flexibility for students to explore other areas of interest. I have had the opportunity to take courses from across departments. That is something I really like because one gets to meet people from other fields working on public health issues.

Your advice:

My advice for new students in this program is: Don’t give up when you have come this far. It pays off when you persevere. You may be overwhelmed with the amount of reading, writing and other activities but just savor it, because it will all shape you for good.

“It doesn’t matter how slow you go, as long as you do not stop”

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