Dr Sidat from Mozambique studied the MSc in Infectious Diseases by Distance Learning, graduating in 2000. He is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, University Eduardo Mondlane in Maputo, Mozambique.
“I decided to study the MSc by Distance Learning because of the prestige of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and luckily in 1998 the School had just started offering Distance Learning which was convenient for me. The biggest challenges I faced during the degree was to comply with the deadlines for the assignments submissions (I was working full-time and studying at the same time). I had to put in great effort and stay committed to learning about Infectious Diseases, as at that time I was teaching in the Microbiology Department. My motivation to study and succeed in obtaining the MSc perhaps helped me manage my commitments studying for the MSc and also working full time, but also I really enjoy learning (I consider myself a dedicated learner) and that is why I continue to study various short courses – even after completing my PhD in 2007.
The Masters has improved my knowledge of Infectious Diseases, including Microbiology and Parasitology, but also in Public Health – it made me enjoy Public Health more and perhaps influenced me to do a PhD in Medicine (Public Health) at The University of Melbourne. It certainly helped my teaching and research career at the Faculty of Medicine of University Eduardo Mondlane, where I have worked since 1995.
My greatest achievement I would say is to have surpassed my initial target of having twenty articles published in peer-reviewed journals nationally and internationally as principal and/or co-author. Currently I have more than thirty articles. That was great achievement for me!
In the future I hope to write and publish works targeting students in health-related fields in Portuguese particularly in topics related to Infectious Diseases (Microbiology, Parasitology, etc) and Public Health (Basic Epidemiology and Biostatistics, etc). I will complete my mandate as a Dean in mid-2015 and if elected again or not, writing books to help our students will be my goal.”