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Nancy Phaswana-Mafuya

Epidemiology (Distance Learning)

South Africa

Educational/professional background IMA(SW), PhD, MSc ... Read More

Educational/professional background

IMA(SW), PhD, MSc (Epi) – I have been working as a Research Director at the Human Sciences Research Council since 2005 leading large-scale, multi-year, multi-million and national as well as multi-country studies on HIV & AIDS and chronic non communicable diseases. I am reputable scientist, i.e. a National Research Foundation rated Scientist, merited Scientist of the Academy of Science in South Africa, Fellow of the Organization for Women in Science for the developing world.

Research interests or career goals

HIV & AIDS and Chronic Disease Epidemiology

Why I chose the School/my course

After leading public health studies for more than 10 years, I decided to obtain a scarce skill qualification in South Africa and in the African Continent, MSc (Epidemiology), from an internationally renowned institution, the School, in order to gain international perspectives and advanced epidemiological skills to enable me to contribute maximally to evidence-based public health solutions in my continent.

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Mehret Amsalu Dubale

MSc Public Health for Development

Ethiopia

Educational/professional background Over the past ... Read More

Educational/professional background

Over the past years, I was working in international development organizations based in Ethiopia namely, Johns Hopkins University (JHU) and Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) respectively. I had the opportunity to carry out multiple maternal, neonatal and child health projects and researches across Ethiopia. I graduated from University of Gondar, Ethiopia, in Medical Laboratory Science.

Research interests or career goals

My past researches have been focused on maternal and child health. At the moment, I am working on Evidence of effectiveness of maternity waiting homes in Ethiopia/ low & middle-income countries. After graduation, I hope to gain further field experience in public health research related to maternal and child health.

Why I chose the School/my course

I have always wanted to understand deeply about the applicability of effective public health research and interventions in low and middle income countries. I had the opportunity to meet some alumni from the School and I came across the Public health for Development program. The School is certainly one of the world’s top institutes for public health and health research. It also gives an opportunity to network with diverse academic population across the globe.

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Maria Luisa Tejada de Rivero Sawers

Public Health (Distance Learning)

Mexico

Educational/professional background Medical degree from ... Read More

Educational/professional background

Medical degree from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. Clinical experience as an obstetrician-gynaecologist at Geneva University Hospital.

Research interests or career goals

I had always wanted to study Public Health. Personal circumstances meant that I was unable/unwilling to continue clinical work/career. It was the perfect time to undertake a Master in Public Health.

I am interested in sexual and reproductive health, in particular perinatal loss, stillbirths and abortion.

Why I chose the School/my course

I needed to study by distance learning as I am currently living in central Mexico. Beyond the fact that the School is a worldwide renowned institution for Public Health, I chose it because their distance learning programme has no mandatory face-to-face requirements and met my needs in terms of work-life balance. I needed the flexibility to work around family duties and at my own pace.

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Alexandra Beedle

MSc Nutrition for Global Health

United Kingdom

Educational/professional background I studied Spanish ... Read More

Educational/professional background

I studied Spanish and Portuguese at Newcastle University, and as soon as I graduated, I got an internship with the charity Action Against Hunger. I started out in fundraising, and then was doing so much reading and research about their nutrition programmes in my free time that I pleaded the nutritionist to take me on as her intern. While working alongside her, I became really interested in all aspects of undernutrition and as I started to get to know my colleagues, I became inspired to study at the School, just like many of them had done a few years before. It turned out that I did not apply for the course straight away, as I was not ready. It was only until after four years of working in the private sector in London and one year of teaching English in Brazil that I realised it was exactly what I wanted to do and to give the School a shot. And here I am!

Research interests or career goals

Coming from a non-science background, everything on the course has been completely new to me, and as a consequence, I am finding it ALL extremely interesting! If I had to pick one topic though, I would say I am most fascinated by epigenetics. I hope to do my summer project in a country where I can build on my skill set of languages, and perhaps focus on an area such as the effect of the mother’s diet on her baby’s cognitive development.

Why I chose the School/my course

I chose the School because all of the nutritionists I’ve met over the years have studied here, and for me it was the only place to study Nutrition. We are surrounded by incredibly inspirational lecturers, who are always willing to help, and such a wealth of knowledge, I can’t imagine studying anywhere else.

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Elizabeth Mitgang

MSc Control of Infectious Diseases

USA

Educational/professional background I received a ... Read More

Educational/professional background

I received a Bachelor of Philosophy degree from the University of Pittsburgh Honors College in Urban Studies and Global Health and a certificate in Conceptual Foundations of Medicine. My undergraduate thesis examined the relationship between the built environment and barriers to physical activity among Bedouin women in Rahat, Israel. I have also pursued additional course work in statistics, GIS, health economics, and urban planning.

My professional experience is housed mainly in academia having pursued roles in computational modeling for vaccine cost-effectiveness (influenza and HPV) as well as mapping antimicrobial resistance trends and geospatial dengue dynamics, respectively.

Research interests or career goals

My research interests include antimicrobial resistance, vaccination programs, vaccine-preventable disease surveillance, vaccination as a means for antimicrobial resistance control, and evaluation of infectious disease programs.

Upon graduating with my MSc in Control of Infectious Diseases, I aim to pursue a career in management, leading technical cooperation initiatives directed toward the surveillance, prevention, and control of vaccine preventable diseases.

Why I chose the School/my course

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine’s arsenal of cutting-edge resources, rich history in public health research, and global reach largely informed my decision to attend the institution. Given my interests in communicable disease, the multidisciplinary learning environment and international community appealed to me as the ideal setting to study a subset of diseases that often prove resistant to ordinary control strategies and blind to political borders.

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Jasmine Clark

MSc Control of Infectious Diseases

USA

Educational background Bachelor’s degree in Public ... Read More

Educational background

Bachelor’s degree in Public Health and Philosophy (Honors) with minors in Global Health and Environmental Science and Resource Management from the University of Washington in Seattle.

Professional background

I have worked in a number of different settings within global health both in academia and in industry. My work has focused largely on communicating epidemiological data, including burden of disease studies, to influence health policy. Most recently I worked at a non-profit that aimed to find innovative ways to repurpose drugs that failed Phase III clinical trials or that were otherwise off-patent drugs for Neglected Tropical Diseases, malaria, and tuberculosis.

Research interests or career goals

I am particularly interested in the cross-section of infectious disease and the environment. I hope to pursue a PhD upon completing my MSc and eventually, after a few years of gaining experience in the field, industry, or both, transition to working in academia.

Why I chose the School/my course

Soon after deciding to pursue a master’s degree, the School became a clear choice. Not only does the School offer a wide range of degree programs, many of them even allow students to specialize in their fields of interest through module selection and culminating projects. The MSc in Control of Infectious Diseases in particular uniquely suited my interests given its interdisciplinary approach to disease control. The School also has the added benefit of being situated in the heart of London which is a great place to live and to network with students, academics, as well as industry professionals.

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Uchenna Ibelo

MSc Public Health (Health Promotion)

Canada

Educational/professional background I graduated with a ... Read More

Educational/professional background

I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and I have worked as a nurse for eight years. I’ve spent the last five years working in nephrology. During this time, I also earned my Master of Nursing degree and my thesis explored the relationships between health literacy, self-efficacy, self-management, and clinical outcomes in outpatients receiving hemodialysis.

Research interests or career goals

I strongly believe that health literacy (in the public health sense) plays an essential role in empowerment and in the promotion and maintenance of positive health behaviors. Thus, my current research interests include improving health literacy in visible and language minority populations with chronic illnesses in communities where English is the predominant language.

Since joining the MSc program I have also developed an interest in the role of policy in health promotion. I am particularly interested in how health literacy strategies can be translated into policies that will have the greatest impact in improving population health outcomes.

Why I chose the School/my course

The School is widely regarded as one of the best schools in the world to receive training in public health. Its strong reputation is what initially peaked my interest. After doing further research about the courses offered in the health promotion stream, speaking with colleagues in my Master of Nursing program, and speaking with individuals that I met during an internship at the World Health Organization, it became very clear that this was the program that would provide me with a solid foundation in public health and a strong set of skills to successfully work in health promotion. My experiences thus far in the program have definitely met and exceeded my expectations and I’m very grateful to be studying here!

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Brian Wong

MSc Epidemiology

Canada

Educational/professional background I graduated from ... Read More

Educational/professional background

I graduated from the University of Ottawa with an Honours BSc in Biomedical Science with a Minor in Music. Over the course of my degree, I had the opportunity to participate in various medical missions with NGOs in Peru and Tanzania as well as carry out tropical and coral reef ecology research in Tanzania and The Bahamas, respectively. During my final year of undergraduate studies, I worked as student clinical researcher in the Department of Paediatric Cardiovascular Surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.

Research interests or career goals

Though my past and present research span multiple disciplines, I am primarily interested in infectious disease epidemiology as it pertains to maternal and child health. Upon graduation, I hope to gain work experience in a field related to my interests, after which I will pursue a PhD and/or degree in medicine.

Why I chose the School/my course

Upon thoroughly researching all graduate epidemiology programs, I came across the School’s epidemiology program. I have always been fascinated with the intersection between global health and epidemiology. The School is undoubtedly one of the world’s leading institutes for global public health and provides the opportunity for networking with a diverse student population and world-renowned researchers in an academically stimulating environment. This exposure and a rigorous curriculum assure me that at the end of the program, I’ll be equipped with the skill set required for my future career.

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Le T. Quach

MSc Epidemiology

USA

Educational/professional background Dual Bachelor of ... Read More

Educational/professional background

Dual Bachelor of Arts, International Economics and International and Comparative Politics, American University of Paris (’14)

3.5 years of global work with humanitarian organizations on emergencies and program and operations with

• American government (Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration or PRM in the Department of State and US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, in the Emergency Response and Recovery Branch and the US Global Rapid Response Team)
• international non-governmental organizations (International Rescue Committee and Caritas)
• local organizations

Research interests or career goals

Following graduation, I would like to become an epidemiologist or assume another humanitarian post that gains much value from epidemiological and public health training.  My career goal is to make a sustained difference for those most affected by complex humanitarian emergencies. I am curious and impatient about what improvements can be made in this context and to make use of my background of economics, politics, and public health. Overarching themes include:

• Urbanization and displacement
• “Remote” assistance and health services in inaccessible areas
• Non-communicable diseases and protracted crises
• Scaling of systems in humanitarian operations

Why I chose the School/my course

I think that to mitigate, respond, and rebuild for humanitarian emergencies demands the best within all of us. In preparation for those demands, I believe that the School would equip me with a valuable epidemiology toolbox, unparalleled educational experience, and unlimited access to the School’s world-class resources. I like that it would be a challenging course that I can continuously apply to the work that I feel is my raison d’etre. In my areas of interest, I met or read about amazing members of the School’s community and encountered meaningful pieces of work from the School’s community, which includes research or operational deliverables from alumni. Overall, I really want to be empowered to also have such an impact in my endeavors and I believe that continuing my education and career path in this direction would be an important step in my development and for the populations I want to serve.

In particular, the course offers the opportunity for equally advanced training in non-communicable (NCDs) and communicable diseases. I believe this exposure to both would be a good bridge for me to expand from my current background, which I feel is not strong in public health or epidemiology, and gain the most value from a degree in epidemiology. Also, knowledge of the epidemiology of NCDs will continue to be increasingly important in my desired area of work. There is also a flexibility in choosing this course because, in the future, I may consider a career switch from emergencies to development but still in epidemiology and global public health; I think there is little we know about the impact of war on long-term displaced populations in terms of, for example, economic cost and long-term progress of a country or region that hosts refugees (wellbeing and livelihood, education, social mobility, gender equity, urbanization, disparities, etc.).

It was important for me to have, in addition to an education with a globally-relevant curriculum, a university community from diverse backgrounds (academically and personally). When I came to the School, I brought my bi-cultural background of being a francophone Vietnamese-American along with my modest professional or academic experiences of more than five years in different parts of the world: Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Geneva, London, Paris, Bamako, Beirut, and Istanbul. I feel like I fit in with the School’s community, and this made the choice to be here straightforward since I already agreed with its teaching and, most importantly, values! Just grateful it also chose me! For all that I would eventually “receive and gain” from this education and School, I also want to “give” a lot. I think that this is a great place for that dynamic to grow to its potential because I could continue to be of impact for humanity throughout my career, beyond graduation, as shown by many alumni.

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Norris Lau

MSc Medical Microbiology

Hong Kong

Educational/professional background I graduated from ... Read More

Educational/professional background

I graduated from University of Greenwich in June 2016 with BSc Biomedical Science. During the summer holidays in the first 2 years, I undertook an internship in a Hong Kong hospital. I had worked in the pathology and cytology, medical biochemistry, medical microbiology, haematology and molecular biology laboratory departments. These gave me some working experience in the hospital laboratory.

Research interests or career goals

I am hoping to work as a biomedical scientist specialised in microbiology in NHS or other clinical laboratory.

Why I chose the School/my course

I chose to study MSc Medical Microbiology at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine as it was recommended by my undergraduate professors. Also, the School is a world-leading centre for research and postgraduate studies. This MSc course will give me a further knowledge in microbiology and the practical will prepare me for my future careers.

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Nora Schmit

MSc Epidemiology

Luxembourg

Educational/professional background BSc Biomedical ... Read More

Educational/professional background

BSc Biomedical sciences (University of Edinburgh)

Research interests or career goals

I am mainly interested in infectious disease epidemiology, especially the transmission and control of vector-borne viruses like dengue and Zika virus. In the future I aim to do a PhD and pursue a research career in epidemiology.

Why I chose the School/my course

My main reason for choosing the School was the world-leading research expertise, but since starting the MSc I have also experienced the high teaching standards and support from the lecturers and tutors. The diverse environment, with students and staff coming from many different backgrounds, also appealed to me. I chose the epidemiology course because I mainly wanted to focus on developing my quantitative analysis skills and learning to use statistical software, although the lectures cover much more than that.

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Dhruti Devshi

MSc Medical Microbiology

United Kingdom

Educational/professional background I graduated from ... Read More

Educational/professional background

I graduated from King’s College London in 2016 with a degree in BSc Biochemistry. During the summer, I undertook a lab project at King’s College Hospital which involved investigating the effect of gut microbiota on the prognosis of biliary atresia in pediatric liver patients. This experience reaffirmed my decision to study microbiology for a master’s degree with the aim of undertaking my own research in the future.

Research interests or career goals

During my undergraduate degree, I became particularly interested in Virology and Immunology. I aim to carry on in academic research or pursue a career as a scientist at Public Health England.

Why I chose the School/my course

I chose the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine as I have a particular interest in tropical diseases. Medical Microbiology was appealing to me as the laboratory practicals taught during the core modules have allowed me to gain more practical microbiology experience.

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Emaline Laney

MSc Epidemiology

USA

Educational/professional background I graduated from ... Read More

Educational/professional background

I graduated from Agnes Scott College, an all women’s liberal arts college, with degrees in Chemistry and Public Health. Several past experiences include positions at Partners In Health, completing a cost-analysis of an oral cholera vaccination campaign in Haiti, The Task Force for Global Health, helping with the polio eradication campaign, and Harvard Medical School, researching new antibiotics to fight antibiotic-resistance bacteria. I have also worked and studied in West Africa, Nepal, and China.

Research interests or career goals

I am purposefully driven to create value as a physician/researcher to lead translational healthcare development in resource-limited settings. I am committed to working with underserved communities to expand the access and continuum of care – be it treating cholera, studying gender-based violence, or delivering care in humanitarian emergencies. I will combine the skills of medicine and epidemiology to create improved health policy and interventions at the frontline of global health.

Why I chose the School/my course

I wish to contribute to the discovery of novel and innovative ways to tackle complex health challenges. While medical school will be a large part of my training to do so, with support of the Marshall Scholarship, the School will provide the skills to identify and analyze problems at a population level. The chance to learn with and from extraordinary students from around the globe is another compelling advantage of studying at the School; researchers from different cultures bring different experiences, and from those experiences come different hypotheses to be tested.

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Eru Mesfum

MSc Public Health (Health Services Management)

The Netherlands

Educational/professional background I graduated in ... Read More

Educational/professional background

I graduated in Medicine in Amsterdam and just before I started my study at the School I did a clinical internship for two months in Malawi.

Research interests or career goals

During my previous studies I noticed that it is more efficient to prevent diseases from occurring than it is to treat them when a patient comes in the hospital with a certain complaint or disease. One of the things that I find really important is to keep patients healthy and out of the hospital, but also to keep people healthy who don’t attend doctors’ appointments. This was for me the reason to study Public Health. I am interested in epidemiological research, particularly in non-communicable diseases, and want to pursue a PhD in this field.

Why I chose the School/my course

Historically, the United Kingdom is a leader in Public Health. I chose the School because of its leading role in research in the field of Public Health and the influence in international health. Furthermore, I like the diversity within the university and the ethos I experienced during a study trip to the School five years ago.

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Ranya Mulchandani

MSc Control of Infectious Diseases

United Kingdom

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Educational/professional background

I graduated from the University of Birmingham with a first Biochemistry BSc. Within my final year, I took the module “Structures of Destruction” where I learnt about different infectious diseases and ways in which to understand their structures. During this course I became particularly interested in Antibiotic Resistance as I began to see the scale of the problem worldwide.

Following university, I studied Spanish in Argentina followed by travels through South America. On my return, in pursuit of where I would like to take my career, I got involved with a number of different societies in London such as the student-run global health society Medsin and global health think tank, Polygeia. Through attending a number of different their events and lectures, as well as becoming part of a policy research team, I became to realise how much I wanted to work within the field of global health, however still unsure how to make this a reality.

I then took up the opportunity to intern at a small NCD charity, followed by a role as Programme Officer at a UK-based NGO which uses social innovation to tackle global health challenges. During this role, I got involved across a number of different projects, including supporting the development of a maternal health project in Bangladesh as well as developing communication skills by being involved with website development and social media management.

Research interests or career goals

I have a large number of interests and I hope that during this course I am able to decide where I would like to focus my research efforts. Some of these interest include Antibiotic Resistance, vector-borne diseases as well as women’s health and reproductive rights. I hope to carry out field research for my summer research project in Latin America where I am able to learn new practical skills as well as make use of my Spanish language skills.

During the course, I hope to use huge number of networking opportunities and career events to work out where I would like to take my career in the future. I hope to work abroad for a number of years for the beginning of my career.

Why I chose the School/my course

When researching global health and reading news article around global health, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine always came up as the place where the most innovative and important research was taking place. All I wanted was to get involved with this research and therefore knew I wanted to do a Masters at the School. I also noticed that to work within the field of global health, it is now pretty important to have at least a Masters degree, and for me it felt like the next step.

I chose the “Control of Infectious Disease” course as the summer field project was particularly appealing to me, as well as the multi-disciplinary approach of the course where you are able to specialise your interests throughout the degree and take modules across different departments and fields of research. I look forward to studying courses across Designing Disease Control Programmes, Epidemiology and Tropical Environmental Health.

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Amruta Patel

MSc Public Health (Health Economics)

India / United Kingdom

Educational/professional background I graduated with a ... Read More

Educational/professional background

I graduated with a BA in International Relations and Psychology from the University of St Andrews. Following this, I worked for a year in 3 different positions to try and gain more experience in the field of public health. I first worked as an assistant school counsellor in a school in India. I then moved back to London and worked on the End of Life Care team at Macmillan Cancer Support, and then as a Caseworker at Doctors of the World. While quite varied in focus, all these experiences exposed me to the world of public health and helped me hone in on my particular areas of interest.

Research interests or career goals

I would like to work in the field of ageing and health economics, in order to improve community and hospital services for our rapidly ageing populations across the world. I would also like to pursue a PhD, but only after gaining some work experience first.

Why I chose the School/my course

The School has a world-renowned reputation and is ‘ahead of the game’ in terms of its research and teaching. This was one of the reasons I applied to come here. I also liked the small size and the consequent community feeling, which is reflected in the friendliness of the professors and students. Furthermore, I looked forward to taking the modules on offer and the health economics stream in particular. All in all, it’s a great place to do your masters because the classes are interesting, there is good support for when you fall behind, and the people who work and study here are a great resource.

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Emma Collins

MSc Control of Infectious Diseases

United Kingdom

Educational/professional background I graduated with a ... Read More

Educational/professional background

I graduated with a BSc in Biology from Cardiff University. I then spent a year after I graduated working as a medical laboratory assistant in a hospital. Just before I started the course I went to Zimbabwe volunteering for 3 months with Restless Development via the International Citizen Scheme.

Research interests or career goals

I am hoping to work with a charity or NGO aiming to control infectious disease in developing countries. After getting this experience, I would also be interested in doing a PhD and going into research to apply the knowledge I have gained in the field.

Why I chose the School/my course

Part of the reason I chose the School is that it has an excellent reputation. It also offered the Control of Infectious Disease course which I thought was a good compromise between Public Health/Epidemiology and more lab based courses.

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Orlagh Carroll

MSc Medical Statistics

Ireland

Educational/professional background I graduated with a ... Read More

Educational/professional background

I graduated with a BA Mathematics from Trinity College, Dublin. My undergraduate dissertation involved the creation of an incidence map of lung cancer. My most recent summer internship was spent in a clinical trials research unit imputing missing covariates for a Bayesian update of a cost-effectiveness model.

Research interests or career goals

Due to my internship I am interested in imputation techniques for missing data as this can be quite a common problem when working with large datasets and can lead to problems when analysing or running models. I also have an interest in running predictive models. Currently, I am applying for PhDs.

Why I chose the School/my course

After coming from a degree which was quite theoretical I wanted to undertake a masters which would give me an opportunity to apply the knowledge I was learning.

I chose this course due to there being practicals held after every lecture, giving me the opportunity to consolidate knowledge. I liked the fact that I would have the opportunity to learn both SAS and STATA, statistical software I had not been introduced to in my undergraduate years. The course intake is quite small and due to the School being internationally recognised as a brilliant postgraduate college there are plenty of opportunities to make friends and contacts from around the world!

The staff are brilliant and organise social activities, although be careful, some are quite competitive when it comes to bowling!

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Becca Williams

MSc Control of Infectious Diseases

United Kingdom

Educational/professional background I am a medical ... Read More

Educational/professional background

I am a medical student from Brighton and Sussex Medical School intercalating at the School this year, having completed my third year of medical training.

Research interests or career goals

Last year I spent a month in Tanzania volunteering at a hospital on Paediatric, Obstetrics and Gynaecology wards, particularly working with HIV and malaria affected woman and children. Since then I have been very interested in exploring maternal and child health as a future career after I qualify and how infectious diseases influence these populations in both developed and developing countries. I would also love to get involved with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) at some point in the future working in areas affected by conflict, epidemics and natural disasters.

Why I chose the School/my course

I chose the London School because the course not only offers a wide range of module options that encompass both general disease topics and specific interests but the School itself encourages and supports students undertaking research projects overseas. The School also develops key skills for all global and public health career pathways and provides contact with renowned professors across many subject areas.

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Amy Walker

MSc Public Health (Health Economics)

USA

Educational/professional background I studied Political ... Read More

Educational/professional background

I studied Political Science and European Studies at the University of Notre Dame, and I never imagined that I would find myself in a career dealing in anyway with health, science, or medicine! Following my undergraduate studies, I worked in Washington, DC for eight years, first on Capitol Hill and then in policy and government relations for a variety of organizations spanning the healthcare field, including biotechnology companies, patient advocacy groups, provider organizations, hospital systems, and global health organizations.

Research interests or career goals
I am particularly interested in infectious diseases and the economics of preparing and responding to outbreaks.

Why I chose the School/my course

I was drawn to the School as the MSc Public Health provides a broad skillset essential for both the research and practice of public health and the School is a leader in infectious disease studies. The diversity of the student population and faculty fosters an exchange of ideas that truly extends learning beyond the classroom. And I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to study in London!

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Esther Taks

MSc Immunology of Infectious Diseases

The Netherlands

Educational/professional background I graduated with a ... Read More

Educational/professional background

I graduated with a BSc in Medicine (International Track) from Maastricht University. During my time there, I was part of my faculty’s honours programme for which we researched the quality and distribution of human resources in health in India. Part of this research was a short internship at the Institute of Public Health in Bangalore.

Research interests or career goals

Currently I’m very interested in the immunology of TB, and I’m hoping to find a project in this field. I’m not quite sure what I want to do after the course, but I would like to try and find a balance between working with patients and research in the lab eventually.

Why I chose the School/my course

During my years in medicine I became increasingly interested in infectious diseases and why people respond differently to pathogens. Unfortunately I felt that immunology did not receive the amount of attention that it deserved. Since I found it so interesting, I started looking for master degrees that focused onthis. I already knew the School for having great quality research in infectious diseases and public health, and when I visited the Open Day I really liked the atmosphere, the small classes, and the subjects that would be discussed in the MSc.

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Jack Elkes

MSc Medical Statistics

United Kingdom

Educational/professional background BSc (Hons) in ... Read More

Educational/professional background

BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Science at the University of Brighton, and 1 year working in business as a database administrator.

Research interests or career goals

After I have completed my masters I am looking to work as a statistician within clinical trials. I have developed a keen interest to learn more about how statistical methods being developed to cope with the difficulties in medical literature, I am interested in learning how results can be improved when there is missing or incomplete information.

Why I chose the School/my course

Having completed my undergraduate degree, I found an interest in learning more how statistics can be used as an analytical tool to help inform choices and make decisions. After working away from biomedical research, I realised how much I missed this area so looked for a new course that combined my interest in statistics, as well as biomedicine. I chose the school because I was interested in how diverse the community was and that there is a global opportunity to make a difference. There is always something happening at the School and no two days are the same, the staff have been supportive and very welcoming. I am thoroughly enjoying my time here and certainly feel it was the right decision to study here.

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Amy Clutterbuck

MSc Demography & Health

United Kingdom

Educational/professional background I graduated from ... Read More

Educational/professional background

I graduated from Oxford University in 2013 with a BA in Human Sciences, an interdisciplinary degree covering biology and social science disciplines. Since graduating I’ve gained a variety of experience including health care work for a dementia charity, research at Bristol University in mental health epidemiology. I’ve also worked for women’s refugee charities and mental health charities in Bristol, and HIV/AIDS youth work in Botswana.

Why I chose the School/my course

I chose the School as it is a postgraduate college! Great location! Strong research connections! For example, the ALPHA network on HIV/AID is coordinated from the School. My MSc is the only demography course in the UK with an explicit health focus — combining my interests! And offers the chance to learn new topics such as evolutionary demography!

Research interests or career goals

My research interests are varied – all very demography and health related! Including aging populations, impact of dementia, mental health and social inequalities, the impact of HIV/AIDS, migration and low fertility. Career goals: be a demographer! working on health and population policy.

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Priyanka Shrestha

MSc Control of Infectious Diseases

Nepal

Educational/professional background BSc Biological ... Read More

Educational/professional background

BSc Biological Sciences, minor Public Health Studies (Asian University for Women, Bangladesh), Junior Fellowship/ Teaching Assistant (Asian University for Women)

Research interests or career goals

Particularly, I am interested in potential diagnostics for MDR-TB in developing regions. Besides, studying at the School has influenced my interest in learning about neglected tropical diseases. Since I come from a developing country, I am motivated to work in field projects in the developing regions in mitigating these health problems. In my career, I would like to work with NGOs and research institutions for designing control programs in the epidemic regions.

Why I chose the School/my course

Since I was interested in infectious diseases, I found a perfect course at the School. The loved the fact that the course entails a lot of designing control methods that I am keen to learn about. Moreover, we are encouraged to do an overseas project on our area of interest. Along with interdisciplinary courses, the institution itself is diverse with international students and faculties. Therefore, students have opportunities to build network and participate in various current public health discussions.

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Carmyn Polk

MSc Health Policy, Planning & Financing

USA

Educational/professional background I hold a Bachelor’s ... Read More

Educational/professional background

I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Neuroscience from Wellesley College. Throughout my undergraduate career, I focused on clinical research and financial development. Many of my summer internships included completing projects for the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), YMCA Central Bay Area, and the Bank of Uganda. After college, I worked as a Clinical Study Coordinator on a FDA regulated investigational new drug multicenter clinical trial which looked at preventing the progression of Kidney Failure in Type 1 Diabetics.

Research interests or career goals

My primary research interests lie within strengthening health care systems in developing countries and improving women’s health across the globe. I aspire to develop and implement policy changes and healthcare strategies for Ministries of Health and country leaders. As a leader and change agent in global healthcare, I also hope to work to ensure that there are organizations that support the clinical research malaria and diabetes effectively.

Why I chose the School/my course

In the United States there were many excellent MPH programs, however I wanted to be in an academically challenging program that placed international health at the forefront of its research and exposed me to global health issues primarily within developing countries. Many of the professors here at the School were currently doing research that aligned with my interests and I was excited about the opportunity to join their work. In addition, MSc Health Policy, Planning & Financing is unique in the fact that it allows its students to study at London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Having the opportunity to receive a solid foundation in the each of these degree areas made choosing my program an easy decision.

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Annabel Sowemimo

MSc Reproductive & Sexual Health Research

United Kingdom / Nigeria

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Educational/professional background

I am a junior doctor with an intercalated BSc in Medical Anthropology. I recently completed my Foundation Programme in the UK and have a Diploma in Sexual and Reproductive Health.

Research interests or career goals

I am passionate about improving access to reproductive and sexual health care in low income settings, and amongst adolescents. I plan to complete my training in Sexual and Reproductive Health and continue to generate research that will improve outcomes in this area.

Why I chose the School/my course

I’ve met friends and colleagues in the UK and Nigeria that have really enjoyed their time at the School and have gone on to great things. It is an international centre of excellence for Public Health and Epidemiology – I wanted to meet lecturers and classmates that would continue to inspire me as I gained the skills I needed to develop my career. Previously, I have attended events held at the School and had been impressed by the diversity of the student cohort, and the depth of ideas generated. I am very fortunate that I have the chance to discuss Sexual and Reproductive Health issues with classmates who are knowledgeable, and who have a real drive to make a difference.

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Ashley Preston

MSc Control of Infectious Diseases

United Kingdom

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Educational/professional background

I have an MSci Biology degree from the University of Nottingham and my final year project was based in the field of malaria parasite cell biology.

Why I chose the School/my course

My aim for the future is to work on a disease control programme with a charity/NGO, for example with Unicef or Concern Worldwide. I would love to work on an international project, taking a multidisciplinary approach to infectious disease control, including everything from research to implementing the control method, and also I would happily be based in a developing country.

My main interest is in parasitic diseases because they pose a complicated issue for control and preventing transmission. I have so far mainly focused on malaria, but I am also interested in working on neglected tropical diseases.

Research interests or career goals

The School is an amazing place and has contacts with projects all over the world. I chose the MSc Control of Infectious Diseases because it is a multidisciplinary course covering everything from epidemiology, to clinical treatment, to thinking about how best to target transmission. Plus it also encourages you to do a research project abroad, so for me it was perfect!

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John Tazare

PhD Epidemiology and Population Health

United Kingdom

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Educational/professional background

BSc in Mathematics (University of Birmingham), MSc in Medical Statistics (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine).

Why I chose the School/my course

My PhD is looking at bias in the analysis of electronic health records (EHRs). EHRs are often very large and complex datasets that can provide endless opportunities to investigate important questions that we currently struggle to adequately address. One such use of EHRs is to obtain powerful estimates of both the long-term and rare effects of medications, this is often not feasible in a clinical trial. However, it is often difficult to make causal estimates of effects from routinely collected data and in this project I want to investigate if these inferences can be made and if so, in what circumstances.

Research interests or career goals

I was particularly drawn to the MSc course at the School given its emphasis on the application of statistical methods whilst also covering fundamental mathematical theory. Having completed the MSc, I can say the course gives students exposure to a broad range of methods used in medical research as well as providing students the opportunity to learn about newer methods in areas such as causal inference. The School also has a centre for statistical methodology which puts on several seminars a term. These are a great opportunity to hear about world-leading research currently being undertaken by lecturers at the School and further afield.

I am now studying for a PhD, funded by the MRC London Intercollegiate Doctoral Training Partnership between the School and St George’s University.

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Lauren Wedekind

MSc Public Health (General stream)

USA

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Educational/professional background

I graduated from Stanford University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Biology and Notation in Service. During my undergraduate career, I worked on projects at the intersection of medical research, public health and policy advocacy with mentors at Stanford University School of Medicine, World Health Organization, Indian Health Service and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. With their support, I have published and presented these projects on diabetes, emergency health services and health care in low-resource settings on local, national and international levels.

Why I chose the School/my course

I chose MSc Public Health to build skillsets in health economics and epidemiology to provide my future patients with excellent medical care and also build practical understandings of how to address the huge threat of chronic diseases in lower-resource areas. At the School, I am building skills and understandings through the MSc Public Health and my capstone project on non-communicable disease epidemiology in India.

Research interests or career goals

Ultimately, I aspire to blend public health research and medical care to expand understandings of chronic disease epidemiology, treatment and prevention – especially in lower-resource settings. In the next few years, I look forward to returning to the United States to complete medical training, influence health policy and care for marginalized populations (especially migrant and indigenous communities) and mentor the next generation of health care providers.

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/laurenwedekind
Portfolio: www.wedekindle.wordpress.com

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Nur Kara

MSc Health Policy, Planning & Financing

United Kingdom

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Educational/professional background

I have been a researcher in the global health space, looking to expand my fields to include health policy and law.

Research interests or career goals

My Bachelor of Arts was in political science and human rights, with a strong focus on health as a human right. I have since conducted research and fieldwork in the United States, Uganda, and India, focusing on health education and programming, sexual and reproductive health, and WASH practices. I intend to study and specialize in international health law, bridging the gap between health policy recommendations and legal enforcement, as well as working to ensure effective healthcare systems and delivery – primarily in LMICs.

Why I chose the School/my course

I chose the MSc HPPF in order to best understand how national governments, through policy implementation, can contribute to financing and building equitable, efficient, and sufficient healthcare systems. This seemed like an essential starting point to me on my eventual legal path. Joint with two globally reputed schools, the London School of Economics and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, the course connects the study of different social sciences very well while allowing students to shape their unique tracks with a variety of course offerings.

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Scott Tytheridge

MSc Medical Entomology for Disease Control

United Kingdom

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Educational/professional background

Graduated in 2015 from University of Reading with an honours degree in Zoology.

Research interests or career goals

Hopefully moving into research or operational vector control programmes in the field. My research interests focus on the behaviour of Phlebotomine sandflies and how this can help with vector control and the elimination of leishmaniasis programme on the Indian Subcontinent. However, as an MSc student I am exposed to a lot of topics so it is difficult to find one topic and this is only a preliminary interest.

Why I chose the School/my course

The School is a world-renowned institute and all staff and students here have one collective goal, to improve global health; which is a really fantastic goal to have. Whether it be through looking down a microscope, vector control or looking at epidemiology and the economy of whole countries. That is why I chose this institute.

I chose Medical Entomology for one reason, I love insects. They have fascinated me since a child and continue to do so. I want to use this enthusiasm to contribute to global health and societies. Insect vectors play an important role in infectious diseases and so research in this field is highly relevant.

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Aimee Lee

MSc Public Health (Health Promotion)

Malaysia

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Educational/professional background

I graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from AIMST University, Malaysia in 2013. I worked in the Ministry of Health for 2 years as a dental surgeon in a rural district in the state of Perak, Malaysia providing primary dental care to aborigines’ settlements where healthcare access is limited. Prior to my admission to this programme in the School, I was in the private sector with clinical interests in oral surgery and endodontics.

Research interests or career goals

Past researches that I have been involved in in the MOH include reducing dental charting errors, and also improving hand-washing compliance in healthcare workers.

Since joining the School, I have taken an interest in researches in humanitarian settings, especially in improving health literacy and access to services. I am a student volunteer in the Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre at the school and hope to translate that experience to my dissertation. In the future, I would like to work on bridging the health divide in displaced social groups in South East Asia.

Why I chose the School/my course

The School came highly recommended from mentors and colleagues in the public health field, its reputation in the industry is bar none. I am thankful to be a Chevening scholar for the 2016/17 academic year, providing me with the opportunity to be able to undertake my Masters programme here.

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Melanie Lisa Krautheimer

MSc Nutrition for Global Health

Germany

Educational/professional background I studied Economics ... Read More

Educational/professional background

I studied Economics but soon realized that I had a passion for the research of human physiology, nutrition, and health. So I stepped back from the economic field and studied Nutritional Management & Dietetics which was absolutely the right decision. I learned to understand the functioning of our body and how nutrition is linked to both the risk and the prevention of non-communicable diseases – a research field where I am deeply interested in! I worked in the practical field as a Medical Assistant in a Sports Medicine Centre and as a Personal Coach & Nutritionist in a Health Centre. My core work and personal passion were to help people improve their lifestyle regarding appropriate nutrition and physical activity based on their individual needs.

Research interests or career goals

I am very interested in the analysis of the food system and its impact on the environment, the economy, and the health of populations. Hence I would like to deepen my knowledge in food policy, global health, as well as the epidemiology of NCDs, particularly obesity and diabetes of children.

Why I chose the School/my course

I chose the School, because I just felt it would be the perfect place for me to study after I visited on the Open Day and met a current student to talk about the course. The School is a world-leading place for research and postgraduate education, that has a unique vibrant atmosphere. It’s exciting to study in such a diverse environment, where students from all over the world come together and work hand in hand with the joint mission to improve health worldwide.

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Jasmine Burton

MSc Public Health (Health Promotion)

USA

Educational/professional background Product Design, ... Read More

Educational/professional background

Product Design, Social Entrepreneur

Research interests or career goals

Behavior Change Design/Communication and Sanitation/WASH (specifically the WASH infrastructure)

Why I chose the School/my course

Disease outbreaks and health disparities are byproducts of the designed and built environment; thus, in my mind, design and public health are irreversibly interconnected. My senior design team from the Georgia Institute of Technology created SafiChoo, an inexpensive mobile toilet intended to reduce the spread of WASH-related diseases. In 2014, we won the United States’ largest undergraduate invention competition known as the Georgia Tech InVenture Prize. The winnings enabled us to travel to the Kakuma Refugee camp in Kenya to pilot our design in tandem with the Norwegian Refugee Council and the CDC. I have since founded Wish for WASH, a social startup focused on improving the global WASH crisis through research, design and education. Being a MSc in Public Health Candidate at the School has already enabled me to begin bridging my passions for design and public health by formally educating me in health promotion/behavior change strategies, about the spread of infectious diseases and about how to effectively conduct social research all of which are necessary for the sustainable sanitation interventions that Wish for WASH aspires to implement. Ultimately, I seek to utilize design to advocate for universal health and being at the School is enabling me to make that dream a reality.

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Diana Beatriz Bayani

MSc Health Policy, Planning & Financing

Philippines

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Educational/professional background

I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Ateneo de Manila University and have been working in the field of public health following my graduation. I worked as a health systems and policy researcher and consultant with our Department of Health and social health insurance agency, PhilHealth. I have also done consulting with international non-government organisations, the academe, and a pharmaceutical company.

Research interests or career goals

I am an aspiring health economist that wishes to help our government make better policies through rigorous and creative research and policy analysis. In addition to contributing to ongoing health financing reforms in the Philippines, my plan is to establish a local version of NICE that develops practice guidelines and conducts health technology assessment to guide coverage decisions and other investments of the health sector.

Why I chose the School/my course

I was immediately drawn by the School’s faculty and its research impact globally, especially in developing countries. MSc HPPF also allows students to register and undertake courses at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Because of the unique structure of this joint programme, students can take advantage of the academic resources from two premiere institutions in the field of public health and social sciences.

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Diogo Martins

MSc Public Health (General stream)

Portugal

Educational/professional background Recently qualified ... Read More

Educational/professional background

Recently qualified junior doctor from Portugal, currently specialising in Public Health Medicine. Passionate about global health, social transformation and sustainability, with extensive experience in working with student organizations in a leadership capacity on the national and international levels (ANEM/PorMSIC and IFMSA) including interacting with the UN system (such as UNESCO, WHO, and UNFCCC).

Research interests or career goals

Focused on growing in the fields of Public Health and international policy. I am confident that this MSc at the School will provide me with the long term tools to pursue a career as a health policy advisor at a governmental agency in Portugal or at an international organization dealing with global health issues. Current areas of focus: Post-2015 Development Agenda; Climate Change and Health; Migration and Health; Social Determinants of Health; Meaningful Youth Participation in Policy Making; Global Health Diplomacy.

Why I chose the School/my course

I chose to study at the School believing that it would be the perfect match for my educational and professional needs as a Public Health registrar. The MSc Public Health has a very attractive design that offers the opportunity to enrol in six different and very interesting streams. At the School I was able to find a programme with a robust approach to global health, and the different social, economic, and biomedical challenges that affect people living anywhere in the world. The programme also gives an important emphasis to health policy in a wide range of countries, from low to high-income. Nonetheless, due to London’s international relevance and enviably high scientific standards, the School is the ideal place to gain cutting-edge knowledge and experience in global health policy.

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Jonathan Carrington

MSc Control of Infectious Diseases

United Kingdom

Educational/professional background Graduated with a ... Read More

Educational/professional background

Graduated with a BSc in Biological Sciences (Microbiology and Infectious Diseases) from the University of Exeter in 2016.

Research interests or career goals

I am aiming to continue my passion for infectious diseases by specialising in a particular pathogenic organism, either Vibrio cholerae or Plasmodium falciparum. Currently, I am focusing on a career with the World Health Organization.

Why I chose the School/my course

The global infectious disease challenges of today require a multi-disciplinary approach. My undergraduate degree provided me with detailed knowledge of infectious disease biology, but not the health policies implementing these advances in knowledge. The School is a global leader of public health, providing a highly interactive course developing skills in epidemiological study design and health policy alongside wet lab projects. The School provides a platform to propel students to undertake their summer projects around the globe, providing students with a world class education and expertise.

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Mounika Parimi

MSc Public Health (General stream)

USA

Educational/professional background I received my ... Read More

Educational/professional background

I received my Bachelors of Arts in music and biology from the University of Redlands in Redlands, California. Since then, I have worked as a researcher in type 1 diabetes, one year in California, and another in Dresden, Germany as a Fulbright Scholar.

Research interests or career goals

Through my MSc degree, I am hoping to transition into working on public health implications of type 1 diabetes, especially in middle and low income contexts. I hope to partner with an international organization such as the International Diabetes Federation or the WHO in working on curbing mortality rates due to the disease.

Why I chose the School/my course

I choose the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine as it boasts diversity in faculty and student body. When it comes to global public health, it is important to hear voices from different backgrounds and experiences and the School provides this multicultural and multi-disciplinary environment. Not only am I in supported in academics, through the School’s career faculty and networking opportunities, I am provided several avenues through which learned knowledge can transform into a potential future career.

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Julia Yan Shen

PhD Public Health and Policy

USA

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Educational/professional background

I was a management consultant for seven years, working in Africa, the US and Europe. I started in Accenture’s strategy practice and later moved to Dalberg, a boutique firm focused on international development. My work involved data-driven strategic planning, along with stakeholder management, for clients such as US Federal Government, multinational pharmaceutical firms and the Gates Foundation. I have a BA in Health & Societies and Economics (double major) from the University of Pennsylvania, and I completed the MSc Public Health for Development (formerly Public Health in Developing Countries) immediately before starting my research degree.

Research interests or career goals

As I started managing consultancy projects, I found I really enjoyed working with scientists, particularly bioscientists in health and agriculture, to help bridge the gap from research to programmes, policy and practice. I have a strong interest in translating data and decision science techniques to inform health and social policy, along with a broader interest in STEM and innovation for international development. My PhD research examines “integrated” health and social care in England, considering which structural, workforce, and population conditions may (or may not) enable organisational practice reforms to deliver on their intended outcomes of efficiency, quality, and cost-effectiveness, as well as implications for equity and potential spillover effects.

Why I chose the School/my course

The School has a stellar track record in global public health and thus a world-leading reputation. I knew that my MSc course would provide rigorous, multidisciplinary technical reinforcement (e.g. epidemiology and statistics) while taking a holistic view for resource-limited settings. Compared to other options in the US, the course has been excellent value: the teaching has been outstanding and my peers from all over the world are incredible. One of my MSc module leaders suggested an opportunity for PhD funding, and I was very fortunate to be selected. The School community is unified by a spirit of social justice and practical problem-solving, which I find integral to my doctoral research interests.

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Innocent Muleya

MSc Tropical Medicine & International Health

Zimbabwe

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(Alumnus)

Educational/professional background

I have an Honours Bachelors degree in Medical Laboratory science with the University of Zimbabwe and Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery degree with the University of Zambia. I first worked as a biomedical scientist doing immunohistochemistry before I decided to study medicine. I have worked in Zambia Sierra Leone and Lesotho as Medical doctor, dedicating the latter part of my career volunteering with Medecins Sans Frontieres before I joined the School.

Research interests or career goals

I have broad research interests mostly in pathogenic process in infectious diseases and vaccine immunology. I have worked in emergency humanitarian medicine, I hope to balance my career in research, clinical work and humanitarian medical emergency response to dangerous pathogens.

Why I chose the School/my course

The School is a global leader in research and public health. I wanted to go for the best experience  and learning exposure I could get. The School draws students from all over globe allowing me to network and form partnerships with practitioners from various backgrounds and experiences that would be a positive influence on my career. This was an important consideration during my application process. I chose my current course because it had the most flexible module choices and further allowed me to sit for the Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene exams. My MSc course also has strong components in clinical tropical medicine and public health that was exactly what I needed to enable me to develop my career emergency outbreak responses. I also get to do a summer project improving my research skills and a shot at publishing it in a peer review journal.

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Shivaa Ramsewak

MSc Public Health for Eye Care

Trinidad & Tobago

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(Alumna)

Educational/professional background

I graduated from medical school at the University of Sheffield in 2013 and have just completed my foundation training (general medical internship).

Research interests or career goals

I’m interested in health system analysis and epidemiology of eye disease, and would ideally like to split my time between working in the UK and in developing countries.

Why I chose the School/my course

The School is one of the leading institutes for public health and related research worldwide, and provides an incredible opportunity to be among a diverse population of students and staff in a really motivating environment. The MSc Public Health for Eye Care is unique in combining ophthalmology with public health, and both my classmates and lecturers are experts in their fields. I don’t know exactly where I’ll end up with my career but I’m sure that my year here will help me get somewhere I want to be.

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Sandra Dixon

MSc Public Health (General stream)

Colombia / United Kingdom

Educational/professional background I am a Chemical ... Read More

Educational/professional background

I am a Chemical Engineer with a Master in Environment and Development and Post Graduate Diplomas in Hygiene and Occupational Health and Comprehensive Social Security. Most of my work in Colombia has been related to social and community issues in the fields of environment, health and safety, chemical risk, human rights and democracy. At different times I have been a researcher, a consultant, and auditor and project manager and university teacher.

Research interests or career goals

I am interested to research about the relationship between Environment and Health, particularly the “obesogenic environment” and health inequalities.

Why I chose the School/my course

I chose to study this course part-time because I am interested in the conditions people have to live and work in and how this affect their health. The relationship between health and environment, in special chemical risk and health inequalities are very poignant to me. This Master’s offers the opportunity for me to re-sharpen my skills and to re-integrate myself back to the workplace after several years (7 years) as a house wife and mother of two beautiful girls.

Since I started to get involved in Public Health issues in my native Colombia, I was dreaming to join the School, because it is a point of reference in public health at the international level. My dream has come true nine years after I arrived to London and I am very happy to learn I was right: this is a great place for the ones interested in health and how to help to build a better world.

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Aeysha Chaudhry

MSc Public Health (Health Services Research)

USA

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(Alumna)

Educational/professional background

I graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in International Health from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. in May 2015. For my senior thesis, I conducted qualitative research on the knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions surrounding cervical cancer screening in Chiapas, Mexico. I was able to conduct in-depth interviews in Spanish with women and their spouses in this rural community. I realized through this type of field experience that I have a passion for social research in global health.

Research interests or career goals

My research interests continue to center on addressing women’s health issues in Latin America. However, after learning Arabic during my undergraduate career, I hope to pursue research with a focus on women’s health in the Middle East. In particular, I am interested in examining issues surrounding the health of migrant women, given the current refugee crisis.

Why I chose the School/my course

I chose the Health Services Research stream to further develop relevant research skills that will enable me to be a competitive candidate for a future PhD program in the field of Public Health. This program will empower me to further develop the skills necessary to succeed in academia.

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Chintan Vora

MSc Control of Infectious Diseases

United Kingdom

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(Alumnus)

Educational/professional background

Intercalating medical student, completed 3 years of medical school at King’s College London, with 2 years remaining upon completion of Master’s.

Research interests or career goals

I am hoping to continue my interest in infectious diseases by specialising in a field with a focus in this area. I would also like to apply the knowledge that I have gained at the school, by pursuing a career with humanitarian organisations such as MSF.

Why I chose the School/my course

I felt medical school had not provided me with enough knowledge of public health, and I saw my intercalation as an opportunity to learn more about the field in general. In my undergraduate degree thus far, I have developed an interest in infectious diseases, and so the course offered me the opportunity to blend my current interests in infectious diseases alongside the public health and policy avenues required to limit their spread. The School has a global reputation in the field of public health, and the time I have spent there currently has let me know that reputation is well deserved: the calibre of staff, and the education I have been provided with already has been second to none.

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Jillian Kowalchuk

Public Health (Distance Learning)

Canada

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(Alumna)

Educational/professional background

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and minor in Sociology from the University of Alberta, Canada.

I currently work as a Project Coordinator & Research Assistant for a boutique public health consultancy called Be The Change Group Inc.

Research interests or career goals

My primary research interests and experience is the prevention and education of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections. I am interested in the evaluation of mass-media campaigns and how to reduce stigma in the general populations. I believe that in order to truly improve global health, a multidisciplinary approach is needed, which spurs my research interests in behaviour change, public health communications and health policy.

Why I chose the School/my course

A thorough search of graduate public health programmes all reiterated my choice of London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. The longest running public health and distance programme, assured me that the quality of education I would receive has been well structured and would jump start my career in global public health.

The distance programme comes with its triumphs and challenges. Selecting the two-year MSc and project has allowed me to work part time, but does take up much of my other time. The courses are structured to be flexible around your time and allow independent research and studies, which I believe has and will continue to aid me in the application of my knowledge in the field.

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Matthew Quaife

PhD Public Health and Policy

United Kingdom

Educational/professional background BSc in Financial ... Read More

Educational/professional background

BSc in Financial Economics, MSc in Public Health (LSHTM, Health Economics Stream)

Research interests or career goals

I am interested in demand side economics: how we respond to information, how we make choices as a result, and how different types of incentives can affect the choices we make. Part of my PhD looks at the amount by which sex-workers increase prices when clients request unprotected sex and I am exploring at how this may affect the impact and cost-effectiveness of HIV prevention interventions.

Why I chose the School/my course

I luckily had funding for my MSc and PhD at the School so the choice was based on a combination of things. The MSc looked (and turned out to be) broad and interesting, whilst the global reach of the school really appealed to me. Most health economics in the UK focuses on making marginal impacts to the NHS, whereas much of the economics at the School has the potential to dramatically change global health for the better.

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