Public health students challenged to venture into research opportunities

Public health students challenged to venture into research opportunities

GRADUATES and students of public health courses have been challenged to grab various opportunities available in researches, particularly in the area of safety and health at workplaces in order to bring positive changes in the public.

The call was made recently by Dr Hussein Mohamed, a guardian of the Tanzania Environmental Health Students Association (TEHSA), during the first forum on public health and environmental science held at the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS).

The forum was organised by the MUHAS in collaboration with the TEHSA with financial support from the Occupational Safety and Health Authority (OSHA) and

the forum brought together higher learning students, lecturers and specialised researchers from different regions with aim of sharing experiences, knowledge and various opportunities available in the sector. 

“There are many opportunities in this sector of environmental health, what is needed is researchers to look at which area they can do research,” Dr Mohamed said.

He added: “For instance, a researcher could do a research to identify risks at workplaces; these kinds of researches would not only serve for academic purpose but also being used for bringing big changes in the public. Therefore I call upon all students to grab opportunities.”  

OSHA made various presentations, including presentation on issues of safety and health at workplaces and built capacity among those students on how to identify various opportunities.

“After this training we hope that students will have understanding over how to identify opportunities, including doing researches at workplaces,” said Ms Imakulata Longino, a trainer from OSHA.

Dr Mohamed and TEHSA thanked the OSHA for its contribution towards making the forum successful, and called upon other stakeholders to support them. 

TEHSA president Raphael Alphonce said they have been organising various forums with aim of enhancing skills among those students.


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