Tonight's post was written by one of the Peoples-uni students, reflecting on their experiences of studying with us and the opportunities it has afforded them. The student who wrote it as a little shy so we're not posting any details about who they are.I enjoyed reading about this person's journey, how they have to come to study with Peoples-uni and what they are planning to do next. I hope you do too.FionaIn 2011, I realised that I would need an education in public health in order to work effectively in low-to-middle income countries (LMICs). Considering that I was headed, into full time mission work in healthcare, the fact that I would be working in LMICs was more than a possibility.There were several problems that I had to deal with if I wanted to pursue a traditional Masters level education in the United States. I was unable to move cross country because of my professional life and committments, unable to afford, unable to get accepted without returning to university first because I had studied for and obtained my BA 25 years ago, etc. Aside from these issues, I became increasingly disheartened because every program that I investigated seemed to be aimed at the high income countries and equipping public health workers for that environment.Through the Healthcare Information for All (hifa.org) news group, I learned about the Peoples-uni. I spent several days reading through the information on the Peoples-uni website and subsequently applied.It truly seemed like a miracle - a Master of Public Health program that was specifically focused on the needs of LMICs, was wholly online and was affordable!  I was concerned that I wouldn't be accepted into the program due to residing in the USA at the time of application, even though it was (and is) my intent to be living in a LMIC by the time I am awarded my MPH degree. I began my studies in the Spring of 2012 and begin my dissertation this semester (September 2014), with an anticipated completion date of June 2015.Peoples-uni have made it possible for me to work toward an MPH that is specifically tailored for the work that I am/will be doing with the Galmi Hospital in Niger. I'll be moving there in 2015.Because Peoples-uni has been such a gift to me and my education, I wanted to help provide that opportunity for someone who desires the education but truly does not have the ability to pay for a course. So, this semester I offered to donate the cost of one module for a student who would otherwise truly not be able to attend this semester.If we work together, we can make a difference.Do you have a story you would like to share? Would you like to share your thoughts on a Public Health and/or education issue? Please leave a comment at the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Peoplesuni

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