Susanna Rinne-Wolf | M.Sc. Health Science

“Participation in a diverse society is one of the big issues in my work, both in individual care and in organisations and in the larger political context. The study objectives of the programme seem to me to be an ideal continuation, deepening and broadening of my professional and academic career."

I am a midwife by profession and early on I found my way into supporting and caring for families with special concerns and needs. For 10 years, I worked in an addiction counselling centre in one of Berlin's hotspot neighbourhoods, where I helped to set up an early support project for families with substance use disorders and trauma experience. The step into the training and further education of professionals was obvious when I realised that these special families often could not be seen and accompanied in care with their special questions, needs and concerns. Participation in a diverse society is one of the big issues in my work, both in individual care and in organisations and the wider political context.

After many years of work "in the field" and in professional lobbying as chairperson of the Berlin Midwives' Association, I decided to take up a follow-up degree and so my path led me to Munich in 2019, where I am studying for a Master's degree in "Health Science - Prevention and Health Promotion" at TUM. The study goals of the programme seem to me to be an ideal continuation, deepening and expansion of my professional and academic career. I find the interdisciplinary discussion and exchange with the many different fellow students and lecturers particularly valuable and enriching. Due to the switch to predominantly digital formats during the pandemic, this experience is unfortunately limited, but most lecturers try to open up spaces for this and support active participation. I miss the direct contact with my fellow students very much and it is a pity that we probably will not return to present teaching until I have completed my degree. On the other hand, partly asynchronous teaching and learning formats offer me a lot more flexibility in terms of my own time management and work-study balance. Since the beginning of the pandemic, I have been supporting the development and supervision of the Corona crisis counselling of the AETAS Children's Foundation and have also been a member of the science team since autumn 2020, whereby what I have learned so far in my studies helps me a lot.

 

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