What were you doing before your Masters?

Before my Masters I was working in Ghana as a certified personal trainer, I had my bachelors degree in exercise and sports science, so I used that to work and I enjoyed it.

Why did you decide to study a Masters in healthcare management?

I chose to pursue this career because most of my family works in the healthcare system, either as pharmacists, nurses, or doctors. From conversations withNana Ohene Manu them, I found there was a shortage of management staff in the sector. So, I wanted to do something to help bridge that gap in the industry.

How do you see yourself tackling this problem?

My country’s healthcare system needs a little more work. So, getting this degree would help me bring a fresh eye to how they can run things.

Managing schedule structure so as to not wear out doctors and nurses is key to the profession, but it’s something that doesn’t get looked at as much in my country. So, that drove me to study something that can help that portion of healthcare to be tackled.

What motivated you to pursue this career?

My compassion to help people is what motivated me to pursue this career, but I’m not very good with the hands-on side of things. So, being on the other side, outside of the theatre, is what I like. I still want to help but I know my limits.

How did you feel when you decided to do your Masters?

Applying for this degree, I felt excited and hesitant at the same time because I wasn’t sure what to expect. I wasn’t sure the course was going to be what I was looking for.

But at the same time, I was excited to put the application out there and when I got my offer to study at Edinburgh Napier, I was over the moon! I found that the university was thinking in the same direction as me.

Edinburgh Napier offered an International Health and Social Care module which means that you’re not only covering one country, but you also get to learn ideas that can be implemented across borders.

Nana Ohene-Manu

MSc Healthcare Management student

What were you hoping the course would offer and did it deliver?

I was hoping that the course would give me insight into how to manage a hospital or clinical setting by creating policies and guidelines.

Edinburgh Napier offered an International Health and Social Care module which meant that we were not only covering one country, but we also got to learn ideas that could be implemented across borders. We were then able to channel our ideas of how a country can manage their healthcare system and modify it to fit another.

That was quite interesting because I’m coming to the UK from Ghana. So it might not be the same, but the ideas I will learn here are things I can take back with me and modify to better fit my country.

Where do you hope your Masters will take you?

I would like to see myself managing a hospital, running projects and bringing new ideas on board. I also see myself as a project manager that would incorporate human resource management, bringing in new policies and creating more infrastructure for my country.

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Did Edinburgh Napier support you through Covid?

Yes, Edinburgh Napier did well in adjusting quickly to transition from in-person to online, they structured our classes in such a way so that we still got to meet our professors through online classes and with our other course mates. They gave us the opportunity to schedule our own meetings with our course mates so we can discuss any issues and just catch up with one another.

They did a good job; the module site was always active so all the key information that you needed was put on there for you and it was very easily accessible. So yeah, Edinburgh Napier did a really good job in such a short period to transition.

Is there anything you’d like to say to someone considering a Masters?

I would just say that if you have the urge to do something, just give it a try, put it out there, you never know. The school might have what you’re looking for and more!