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Sara Bader, MPH'15

After graduating from King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in 2005, Sara Bader worked as a Preventative Medicine Advisor. Seven years into her career, she decided she wanted to broaden her horizons and go back to school.

Bader stumbled upon Schulich Medicine & Dentistry’s Master of Public Health program and thought it sounded like a perfect fit.

“MPH seemed like a challenging program that touched on various topics and explored many concepts I was unaware even existed,” she explained, adding that the program’s case method of learning also grasped her attention.

Bader applied to the MPH program and was accepted into its Class of 2015. She moved to Canada with her husband and their two kids so she could attend the program.

So far, the program has given Bader the opportunity to enhance and utilize skills she had already acquired — something she has found to be very helpful. Drawing on the many topics she had been exposed to throughout her education and career has also helped her look at the public health issues she is currently learning about from a different angle.

When Bader graduates from the MPH program, she hopes to find an opportunity that allows her to apply the skills and education she has gained from the program in an appropriate way. She wants to give people the chance to live a healthier life.

“I would like to help raise more awareness in our community on the local level, and maybe even explore what can be applied to the regional and international level,” she said.

While she admits it was a challenge to leave Saudi Arabia and move to a new country to attend the MPH program, she advises anyone in the same position to go for it.

“I advise anyone not to hesitate applying for what I consider to be the best program designed and facilitated to suit everyone from all over the world with an interest in the public health field,” she said. “It’s never too late.”