World Health Day 2021

World Health Day 2021 - MA Health & Wellbeing Student Mandy Hobbs shares Her Story on World Health Day.

Student Mandy Hobbs

To mark World Health Day 2021, LCC UHI MA Health and Wellbeing student Mandy Hobbs shares her student story. 

LCC UHI's MA in Health and Wellbeing course allows students to increase awareness of the social, technological, economic, political and environmental changes taking place within health and social care, whether in the public, private or voluntary sectors, enabling them to take their careers to the next stage.

Students study core modules in the development of local, national and international health and social care policy, the influence of sociology, psychology and ethics on our understanding of health and wellbeing, the issues of health and social care provision in remote and rural areas as well as gaining skills in research methods.

"I have been working towards an MA in Health & Wellbeing at UHI since January 2018. I have thoroughly enjoyed studying on this course – the content is contemporary and always interesting. I am now undertaking my dissertation.  

Working full time as a university lecturer, studying, trying to keep a household in order, keep the family happy and achieve a good work/life balance is a challenge at the best of times and like everyone else, I have found the past year very difficult.  I lost momentum with my studies, my confidence faltered, and I suffered a severe case of ‘imposter syndrome’.  

My Programme Leader, Dr Rachel Erskine has been amazing and if it hadn’t been for her support, I may still be procrastinating or worse – given up. She spoke encouragingly and allowed me time to get myself back on track again without any pressure. I also am very grateful to the support I have had from colleagues at UWS – especially those I have met online via ‘Power Hour of Writing’ groups who taught me that you can’t edit a blank page…   

The topic I have chosen for my dissertation is how undergraduate student nurses have promoted their own health and wellbeing during a pandemic. As a lecturer on the adult nursing programme, I know how difficult the past year has been for students and wanted to hear their voice. I didn’t expect the response I got through my request for participants - I ended up with a waiting list! Interviews are almost complete, and my next task is to transcribe and undertake analysis to pick out themes. I am hoping my findings will lead to further research….yes, I am already thinking about my next piece of research!"   

Student sitting at desk

April 7 of each year marks the celebration of World Health Day. From its inception at the First Health Assembly in 1948 and since taking effect in 1950, the celebration has aimed to create awareness of a specific health theme to highlight a priority area of concern for the World Health Organization.

Building a fairer, healthier world for everyone. 

In recent years, countries in the Western Pacific have experienced rapid economic growth, migration and urbanization. This created opportunities for better lives for many, but left others behind. The COVID-19 pandemic has undercut recent health gains, pushed more people into poverty and food insecurity, and amplified gender, social and health inequities. 

This World Health Day are calling for action to eliminate health inequities, as part of a year-long global campaign to bring people together to build a fairer, healthier world. The campaign highlights WHO’s constitutional principle that “the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition.”