Debo Odulana
MSc International Health Management student

Programme

Why did you decide to study your programme and why specifically at Imperial College Business School?
I chose to study healthcare management because of my passion for African development. Following five years in Nigeria, where I focused on understanding the factors mitigating against the achievement of the Nigerian health system’s goals, I concluded that healthcare management was my next career step. I decided to study at Imperial College Business School because I believe innovative and intelligent solutions are critical success factors in any attempt to improve healthcare in the developing world.

What makes the MSc International Health Management at Imperial College Business School unique?
A well-structured curriculum that covers the major knowledge domains every healthcare management professional requires for a successful career, taught in a data driven environment that promotes the benefits of utilising technology, innovation and intelligence in the healthcare industry, makes Imperial College Business School’s MSc IHM course stand out.

What aspects of the programme do you most enjoy?
I feel the programme really makes me feel at home. We have a really small and closely knit group as well as a lovely programme director who is more than a mother to us all. While the academics are really engaging and interesting, I feel I have really built some great relationships for a lifetime.

What has been the most rewarding part of the programme?
The programme has added a great deal of wealth to my network. Knowing that I have colleagues that will be future leaders in healthcare is really rewarding.

Which has been your favourite module so far and why?
Health Informatics. The module revealed the potential benefits that can be harnessed from the successful implementation and utilisation of information systems and big data in healthcare.

People

Which seminars, events or guest lectures at the school have been useful in developing your skills and knowledge? 
I enjoyed the leadership event organised by Diane Morgan. The lecture delivered by Jonathan Pinto during the event helped me readjust my perception on leadership.

How would you sum up the Business School faculty?
Approachable, knowledgeable and supportive. The faculty at the business school are always willing to assist in whatever way possible.

Did you have a favourite professor/lecturer and why?
Dr Benita Cox, AKA Baggy. Apart from being a great teacher, she has been a mother to us all.

Imperial places a large emphasis on group work, what inspires you the most about working in this type of environment?
Due to my background as a clinician, I have always worked in teams, however I guess having deadlines added a different vibe to things, which took some time to adjust to. Before this, I preferred to work at my own pace and group work put pressure on me to hand in deliverables within time frames preparing me for a future where I must work in sync with my team.

How would you describe your cohort at Imperial?
A nice mix of experienced professionals and exceptionally intelligent fresh graduates. Above all, a very friendly and ambitious group of people.

What clubs, societies or other activities have you been involved in at Imperial?
Everything!!! Well not really, I am a member of the Consultancy Society (I’ve done two consulting projects with the Imperial Consulting Group), Entrepreneurship club, Bio-Pharma Health club, Imperial Men’s football team and I host a show on Imperial College Radio. Furthermore, I am the Staff-Student Committee Chair for MSc IHM, a member of the Dean’s Student Advisory Council and the Business School’s Health and Safety Committee. I am also a Student Ambassador and blogger for the Business School and the Co-founder and President of the Africa Business Club.

Opportunities

What has been the greatest opportunity you have had at Imperial that you wouldn’t get anywhere else?
Most Business Schools in London have an Africa Business Club; the absence of one at Imperial provided an opportunity for me to put my name in the records as a pioneer. Advocating for the establishment of the Africa Business Club has been a great learning experience from which I have gleaned emotional intelligence, diplomacy and persuasion skills.

How have you benefited from the services provided by the Career and Professional Development Service?
The Career Service has been useful in interview preparation and general career advice. The daily job alerts have also come in handy during the job hunting process

Do you think studying in a central location such as London is beneficial for networking and career opportunities? Please share any positive experiences you have had.
Since moving to London, I have found the environment really enabling for entrepreneurial endeavours. The milieu of networking opportunities have been vital in validating my business ideas as well as linking me with the right kind of people to team up with for successful execution. The SW7 180 event held by Imperial Innovations has definitely been the highlight in this respect.

Career

What are your future career goals and how have they been realised since being at Imperial?
In the future, I want to be a key player in African Healthcare and perhaps the Nigerian Minister for Health. The knowledge gleaned from Imperial and the calibre of people I have added to my professional network has definitely made moved me a step closer to achieving these goals.

What are your career aspirations upon completing the programme?
I want a career in healthcare advisory, preferably involving strategic planning or health policy formulation. Alternatively, I will pursue a career in hospital operations management.

Location

Whereabouts do you live in London and why did you choose to live there?
I live at home in Neasden, North-West London, with family.

What can a weekend in London look like for an MSc student?
For me, a weekend in London involves long nights out with friends from my course spent exploring the best night clubs, then sleeping all morning with the occasional Sunday brunch.

If you had to move to London for the programme, what have been the benefits and challenges of moving to London? What advice would you give to someone in a similar position?
Getting accommodation can be quite stressful. As a matter of fact, I had to quit my search and stay home with family when it got rather frustrating. I will advise starting your search early and looking for a fellow offer holder to share a flat with if you are keen on flat-sharing.

Tips

What advice would you give someone who was thinking about applying for the course?
Take a minute to think about your motivations for desiring this course. If any reasons similar to these come up; innovation, entrepreneurship, intelligence, business leadership, improvement; then I advise you to go for it.

Looking back to when you were applying for the programme, did you attend any online or on campus information sessions? Did you find these a useful part of the recruitment process? Would you recommend that prospective students attend these events?
I attended the online information sessions and another information session held in Lagos, where I met Dr Tunde Salako, an alumnus of the IHM course and Monica Plercy, a careers consultant, who provided me with detailed information about the course and how it strategically aligned with my career goals. I believe prospective students should attend these events with the aim of getting answers to the right questions and meeting current students who can share their experiences.

Share with us a handy hint or trick which makes campus life that much easier!
Try to meet a minimum of five new people everyday. Your network is your net worth. Plus, you don’t want to miss out on the interesting events happening off and on campus – so stay in the loop.

Role
MSc International Health Management
Nationality
Nigeria
Institute and subject studied for Undergraduate degree :

University of Sharjah, Medicine

Work experience/internship(s) :

Before starting my course at Imperial College Business School, I worked primarily as a medical doctor in surgery with secondary administrative responsibilities.

Greatest academic, professional or personal awards/achievements :

My social work has enabled me put smiles on the faces of many people in need. One prominent and recent activity has been 3-D printing of prosthetic limbs for amputees in Nigeria, achieved through my charity organisation, CyberLogik Foundation.