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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

MSc 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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John Tazare

PhD Epidemiology and Population Health

United Kingdom

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

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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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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Diogo Martins

DrPH

Portugal

Educational/professional background Diogo Martins, MD ... Read More

Educational/professional background

Diogo Martins, MD MSc Public Health (General Stream) alumnus and DrPH Candidate. Public Health medical trainee from Portugal, with 7 years of experience in national and international health-related organisations. Global health enthusiast, passionate about public policy formulation and implementation, with keen interest in the intersections between climate change and health. Previously interacted with the UN system throughout the Paris Agreement negotiations in 2015 and completed a WHO internship at the Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health. Currently holds the position of Policy Officer at the Wellcome Trust Global Policy Team.

Research interests or career goals

The DrPH programme provides a unique combination of public health policy, research and practice, which perfectly aligns with my long-term career goals of on growing in the fields of global health and international diplomacy. Current areas of (research/policy) focus: 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda (SDGs); Climate Change and Health; Social Determinants of Health (SDH); Global Health Diplomacy & Governance.

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 global and public health professional. The DrPH has a very attractive design that offers the opportunity to explore research, policy and practice. 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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Julia Yan Shen

PhD Public Health and Policy

USA

Educational/professional background I was a management ... Read More

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

(Alumnus) Educational/professional ... Read More

(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

(Alumna) Educational/professional ... Read More

(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

(Alumna) Educational/professional ... Read More

(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

(Alumnus) Educational/professional ... Read More

(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

MSc Public Health (Distance Learning)

Canada

(Alumna) Educational/professional ... Read More

(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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