Ten things public health students can do in this Lockdown.
As COVID-19 cases are skyrocketing and death toll is increasing day by day most of government bodies have applied strict prohibitory orders and Lockdown. This is a very hard time for everyone of but at least we can do some productive things that will help in developing skills.
Ten things we can do as a public health student is
1) Learn SPSS
SPSS means “Statistical Package for the Social Sciences” is a software for editing and analyzing all sorts of data. As a public health student , we have to collect data during Community Health Diagnosis, Integrated Concurrent Field Practice and other field practices. So we have to use SPSS for data entry, data analysis and so on for the most of the time. There are lot of tutorial videos on You Tube about SPSS. If you already know how basics of SPPS, you can also go for some advanced level SPSS videos .
2) Learn Report Writing
Report writing, a report is a formal document that elaborates on a topic using facts, charts, and graphs to support its arguments andfindings. Report writing is the key of Public health , you can learn about the elements of effective report writing , also can learn how to write effective executive summary . As Report itself covers a wide range of topics . There is nothing bad in learning some writing skills which will help you in your professional life too.
3) Improve Presentation Skills
Most of the student struggle while speaking infront of the mass, which can be improved by learning and practice. For the Content there are lot of tips and tricks to how to prepare a smart Powerpoint Presentation . You can also make a nice presentations using Canva. Canva.com is basically a website where you can make presentation, posture cards , etc for free.
4) Read some research article
A research article reports the results of original research, assesses its contribution to the body of knowledge in a given area, and is published in a peer-reviewed scholarly journal. A public health field will likely have dozens of peer-reviewed journals. You can read read lot of articles at google scholar, reachergate.net, pubmed or any other journals .
5) Online Volunteering
If you are interested to volunteer , there are lot of organization where you can do online volunteering. For Example You can become UN volunteer.
The Online Volunteering service offers a database of online volunteering opportunities submitted by development organizations worldwide. Interested individuals identify opportunities that match their interests, expertise and skills, and submit their applications directly to the organizations, which select the volunteers they would like to engage in their activities.
How to Apply:
More information at: http://www.onlinevolunteering.org/
6) Explore Master’s subjects
Try to explore different subject that you are planning to study for master’s degree . If you haven’t planned choose subject of your interest and explore in internet , and if you are planning to pursue your masters on abroad , search for the universities and colleges of country where you wanna study.
You can do courses from top universities on the online platforms called coursera for free.Link : https://www.coursera.org.
8) Write Article and Blogs
You can write articles, blogs about interest of your topic and publish them on any online health portal . You can also send your writing to us , we will publish it on our website. You can email your articles, blogs, opinion at Email adress : firstname.lastname@example.org
9) Learn to make IEC materials
As a public health student and soon to be public health professional it is our primary responsibility to aware people , learning to make IEC materials like Posters, pamphlets, informative content will be helpful.
10) Prepare Informative Video
You can make videos, songs, poems to aware people about COVID-19, hand washing technique, procedure of wearing masks, also it is Mental health awareness month you can make informative video about mental health awareness.
Adhikari is a founder of publichealthglobe.com and a public health enthusiast aiming to create an impact on the community all across the globe. A true believer of Prevention is better than cure.