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Putting theory
into practice

Empowering graduates to extend and apply their skills and knowledge towards improving the health of their population.

Putting theory into practice

In the context of working in public health, we have ourselves been involved in gaining skills and knowledge, as well as helping others to do the same, but see a large gap in the support given to graduates to put skills into practice. Peoples-Praxis supports graduates of master’s degrees in Public Health and related fields such as health management, monitoring and evaluation or health promotion, who work in low-to middle-income countries, to empower them to extend and apply their skills and knowledge towards improving the health of their populations, through a practice based experiential programme.

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Peoples-Praxis, registered as a charity in the UK, aims to support and empower graduates of master’s degrees in Public Health and related fields who work in low- to middle-income countries to extend and apply their skills and knowledge through a practice-based experiential programme. Partners might also act as commissioners of these activities or provide mentors or secondment or internships in their organisations. Examples might be ministries of health or NGOs who want to build capacity in their area of interest such as in public health or monitoring and evaluation or scientific journal editorial boards who want to help build research and writing capacity.
Participants would have access to online educational resources, mentoring by academics and practitioners with more experience, and could gain certification by demonstrating that they have been able to put theory into practice.

In addition to building capacity, there will be opportunities for bi-directional knowledge translation – learning from the context in which individuals live and work. We seek organisations as partners who might help and define the competencies to be gained in such a programme and offer certification to participants.

Examples of who might join the Peoples-Praxis mentoring programme:

Ms A has completed her MPH degree in ... and wants to write up her dissertation for publication which she hopes will help her gain a new job. She would like a mentor to advise on this and her further career development. Peoples-praxis can help her find a mentor who has relevant experience, and provide access to a set of online resources on academic writing.

The Ministry of Health in the State of ... in ... would like to have help in building its in-house capacity for evaluating its recent programmes and policies. Peoples-praxis can enrol a group of employees of that Ministry to work through a practical example of an evaluation, led by an experienced mentor, and point to suitable online resources about evaluation methods which they would work through together.

Dr Y is about to graduate as a fully qualified public health specialist, after 5 years of practical experience in a variety of public health environments. She has been promised a job in a department of public health, but since this does not involve teaching would like the opportunity to pass on her skills to others. Peoples-praxis can provide the opportunity to match Dr Y with a mentee who would value help in applying public health skills in practice.

Frequently Asked Questions

Explore the ‘Get Involved’ page on this website and click the Apply here’ button to begin.

To be a mentee you will need to work in low-to middle-income countries and be a graduate with a masters degree in Public Health or related fields such as health management, monitoring and evaluation or health promotion
◘ You may want help in:
     ▸ The technical aspects of your work, such as planning or writing up research, evaluating an intervention, developing health policy or a programme
     ▸ Your own personal development, such as career advice.

To volunteer as a mentor at Peoples-Praxis, you should have at least three years experience working in areas relevant to public health after achieving your qualification.

Mentors are welcome from all parts of the world so long as you have the qualifications, experience and enthusiasm, and a desire to support others.

In the 21st century it is important to recognise the need for lifelong learning, where we take control of our own development. In the field of Public Health, although a masters degree offers academic and theoretical public health competencies, most practical skills need to be developed during professional experience, often with little or no guidance from experienced professionals. This might apply to early career researchers, or those working on service provision, health policy or advocacy in a range of health settings.

The Mentoring process should be led by the needs of the mentees. Both mentees and mentors should be committed and willing to make the time for the partnership between them. The relationship is reciprocal, both parties gaining from it and being open minded and ready to change

Mentors and mentees would agree on what was needed and define how long they would be prepared to meet and how often. This will change over time as they both find out if the process is valuable or not.

The mentorship program is free.

Matching mentors to mentee are  based on your profile and areas of need and interest.  Mentees can also search and request mentorship on the mentorship platform from mentors if they have not been matched.

In general,  each mentor should only take on one mentee. –However, a group process might be feasible, if a number of people have a similar goal and it would help to work together.