Alumniverhaal

"To look at health issues as not merely a disease, but also as a social problem."

Yosi has a bachelor's degree in Public Health at the University of Indonesia. After graduation she did volunteering work in the area of health and then worked as a public health promotion project officer at a NGO in Indonesia. In 2014, she could successfully continue for a Masters degree abroad through full scholarship from her government.

It is about how to find assets in society and why they are important for quality of life of the people.

For my master, I chose the Specialisation Health and Society, because I am passionate about public health. Particularly, I want to study the effective and innovative strategies in health communication. My focus is how to make information, related to health, accessible, acceptable, understandable, and beneficial for society, especially for the people in Indonesia. I like Wageningen University, because it offers me interesting courses related to my interests and Wageningen University also provides lots of courses about skills and internship opportunities that the students could choose in order to prepare for success at the workplace. It feels like two years is not enough!

Until now, the most interesting topic for me is salutogenesis. It is about how to find assets in society and why this is important for quality of life of the people. I also learned strategies to develop an effective health intervention, how to produce a persuasive campaign, research methodologies in social sciences, and to look at health issues as not merely a disease but also as a social problem. Wageningen is a quiet city, but so far I never feel alone. In fact there are lots of Indonesian friends and also I could easily find many Dutch and international students who are very nice and warm. I also admire the culture that values ‘time’ in Netherlands. Back to Indonesia, I believe that knowledges and values that I receive here will be very useful to my future career and I am looking forward to apply it in my country after graduation.