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Ian Militoni Ian Militoni

Tonga 

Bachelor of Health Science, Master of Health Science

“My Integrated Human Health major has provided me with the necessary tools and acquired knowledge to continue my passion into health science research…”

"I started my tertiary education many moons ago. Like many other Pasifika students, due to being young, having high expectations and pressure from the family, in addition to financial and unforeseen family circumstances, I dropped out of University with poor grades and minus a degree. As a result, my health suffered tremendously both mentally and physically. Over the ensuing 15 to 20 years I experienced a whole range of health disorders.

Now, I can't give you a specific event or occasion in my life, but around five years ago, I came to the realization that I needed to do something about my poor health and wellbeing. This started me down the whole rabbit hole of health science and population health, including my own health research journey in general. Firstly, from reading health blogs and watching you-tube videos, subsequently improving my health quite dramatically through basic lifestyle changes.

Still, I knew I needed more. I needed to know what was accurate and inaccurate information, in the context of the health science realm, as there remains a lot of misinformation out there. Also, I knew that good health was more than just diet and exercise changes. So many other factors play a role in which many are out of one's control. Therefore, I decided I needed to finish my university degree and tertiary education.

Massey provided me with that lifeline to finish my university degree, and for that, I'll always be in gratitude. Not only did they provide an opportunity for those like me that did not do so well in their last study programme, but they also offered distance programmes for those like me that were currently employed full-time and wanted the opportunity to study while working.

One of the services that helped me significantly as a distance student was Massey's online learning platform. The Stream site provided me with the opportunity to connect peers and teaching staff, watch online lectures, lessons or presentations, submit assessments and much much more.

Specialization and majors within the health science programme itself provide students with an opportunity to diversify into their own areas of interest or research topics. My Integrated Human Health major has provided me with the necessary tools and acquired knowledge to continue my passion into health science research. And hopefully, I'll make a contribution in my field of interest (being Pacific Island health) one day.

I would thoroughly recommend Massey as a study institution. Not only for those in full-time employment or tied-up in life in general but also for those with future ambitions or aspirations in providing essential knowledge in specific research areas within the health science field."

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