Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care


Milena Jensen

"The best thing about this programme is that it gives students insight into the health sector from many different angles"

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Before UCL 

What were you doing before you became a student at UCL?

Before coming to UCL, I attended a European School in Luxembourg and graduated with a European Baccalaureate. I came to UCL straight after graduating high school. 

Your time at UCL

What attracted you to study Population Health at UCL?

My initial interest in studying BSc Population Health at UCL was first realised when I attended a talk on Global Health in London the summer before applying to universities. I was unsure of what I wanted to study as my interests at the time were mostly rooted in economics and social sciences but also extended to a deep interest in biology, as well as health in general. Along with my own experiences of illness and the privileges I had when it came to receiving care - compared to the stark comparison during my time volunteering in Nicaragua - really pushed me to pursue a degree that catered to my own personal interests and Population Health seemed like the perfect option.

What’s the best thing about your programme?

The best thing about this programme is that it gives students insight into the health sector from many different angles. Studying health and disease from social, economic, medical, research and policy perspectives as well as the option to choose modules outside our department has personally helped me identify what I am most passionate about within the health sector, as well as paving the way for future career prospects. Furthermore, the small group of students in my cohort has really enhanced my education at UCL as it has allowed me to benefit from smaller group discussions, in-depth teaching, hands on learning as well as deeper engagement with other students. 

What can a student expect to learn on this course?

This course will provide you with an in-depth understanding of epidemiology and public health, particularly within the context of the UK. As well as learning grounding concepts in epidemiology, this course will also educate you on the role of social conditions influencing health and illness, teaching you quantitative and qualitative skills alongside to be able to research and apply this in a real-world setting. 

What is it like studying in London and how do you think it’s benefited your studies?

Initially, coming from such a small country like Luxembourg, I felt overwhelmed moving to such a big city like London as I had no idea what to expect. Having spent almost 3 years here, I can confidently say that moving to London was the best decision I have ever made. London is multi-cultural, diverse and constantly bustling which makes it a great environment for undergraduate students to meet new people and experience new things – there will always be people or things that you can identify with. Additionally, there are always interesting events and talks going on which have been a great addition to my studies!

Life after UCL 

What are your career plans once you’ve completed your current studies at UCL? 

I plan to undertake postgraduate studies in the field of health with more insights into medicine after completing my studies at UCL.

Student wisdom

What piece of advice would you give to new students? 

My piece of advice to new students starting this degree would be to work hard and do your best but to also remember to enjoy yourself. Time to wind down and relax is extremely important for your mental and physical wellbeing and there are multiple ways of doing this (whether it’s through spending time with friends, watching a movie, meditating or going on a run). Also, when it comes to studying, remember that everyone has different modes of working so do not compare yourself to others. Finally, I just want to emphasise that 3 years goes by quickly, so make sure you enjoy it to the fullest!