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Alex Zuckermann

Global Health Policy (Distance Learning)

Austria, living in Canada

Educational/professional background PhD in Biomedical ... Read More

Educational/professional background

PhD in Biomedical Sciences (Royal Holloway University of London), currently working for the Public Health Agency of Canada as a Postdoctoral Fellow. I’m based at the University of Waterloo at the School of Public Health and Health Systems.

Research interests or career goals

My research focuses on substance use among youth, with a particular emphasis on cannabis, recreational use of which was recently legalised in Canada. Some of my work also looks at youth mental health and sexual health.

Why I chose LSHTM/my course

I knew I wanted to move into public and global health, and I knew I had much to learn, so I decided I wanted to get some sort of formal instruction. When I started looking for options for a part-time degree I could work towards alongside my job, I quickly realised that the traditional MPH didn’t have the scope I was looking for. I wanted to get an overview of global processes shaping human health, and so a degree in Global Health Policy was the obvious choice. LSHTM is a well-known institution, and both the course content and the structure of the MSc appealed to me. The core modules covered all key aspects of global health, and there was a wide variety of elective modules to choose from, which meant I could focus on complementing my biological knowledge with new topics with which I was less familiar. I also liked that I could “exit” at two points, with either a certificate or a diploma, so should my circumstances change to the extent that I wouldn’t be able to complete the MSc I would not have spent time and money without any kind of recognition to show for it.

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Kelsey Yaremko

Global Health Policy (Distance Learning)

Canada

Educational/professional background I studied at the ... Read More

Educational/professional background

I studied at the University of Alberta where I received a diploma in dental hygiene in 2008 and a Bachelor of Science degree with dental hygiene specialization in 2009. Currently I work in private practice as a registered dental hygienist, where I am always eager to help people achieve good oral health and a great smile. I am also a member of the board of directors and an active volunteer with a charitable organization called Kindness In Action. We provide dental health services free of charge to those in need in many countries around the world, something I am incredibly passionate about.

Research interests or career goals

The health policy world is fairly new to me, and I am still exploring my options on where I would like to take my studies for a future career. I enjoy being a part of community level health interventions and working directly with people. Ultimately my career goals would involve working with a global NGO in the future.

Why I chose LSHTM/my course

Studying GHP by distance learning with LSHTM made the most sense for my lifestyle, which involves shift work and lots of travel. After extensive research into other similar programs I ultimately decided on LSHTM for the flexibility it offered. Having the ability to study at my own pace from anywhere in the world, while interacting with tutors and still belonging to a community were the most enticing and exciting elements of the program that struck my interest.

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Debora Di Dio

Global Health Policy (Distance Learning)

Italy / Australia, living in Switzerland

Educational/professional background Current Position: ... Read More

Educational/professional background

Current Position: Policy and Strategy Specialist at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland

I hold a MA of Development Studies and Culture Change, Macquarie University (Australia), a Honors Degree in International and Diplomatic Relations, University of African and Oriental Studies (Italy) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Chinese Language and Culture, Capital University of Economics and Business (China).

After my graduation from Macquarie University, I was nominated Australian Youth Ambassador for Development with the United Nations World Food Programme in Bangladesh. I spent two years in Bangladesh working on food security and nutrition programmes, and on promoting gender mainstreaming. From there, I went on to West Africa and the Middle East working on the Sahel crisis, the Syria refugee crisis, and the humanitarian emergency in north-west Nigeria. After ten years in the field, I now work at the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva as Policy and Strategy Specialist in the field of nutrition.

Research interests or career goals

My research interests are health and nutrition in developing countries, particularly maternal and child health, and adolescent health and nutrition. After completing my degree at LSHTM I would like to go back to the field and support governments in low-income countries to design policies and strategies that are more inclusive of adolescents needs, especially around nutrition and reproductive health.

Why I chose LSHTM/my course

Studying the MSc Global Health Policy with a very diverse group of students and tutors has really solidified my passion to work in global health, an area where I can have a real positive impact for the world’s most vulnerable communities. So far, my time at LSHTM has been invaluable. I am learning from world-renowned experts, award-winning researchers and am already able to draw upon skills and knowledge from the course for my daily job. Among fellow students and my professors, I have met brilliant people with exceptional ideas, who push you to think outside the box and beyond borders. The highlight of my first year? Listening to a lecture by Professor Piot, who shared with us his experience of discovering the Ebola virus!

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Jordan Troup

MSc Global Mental Health

United Kingdom

Educational/professional background I completed my BSc ... Read More

Educational/professional background

I completed my BSc in Psychology at the University of Bath. During this time, I worked as a Research Assistant for my placement year at the University of Oxford’s Department for Experimental Psychology, and later for my Students’ Union during final year. Upon graduating, I became an Assistant Psychologist for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust. I was based in Cambridge for 2 years, working first for a secondary care adult mental health community team for affective disorders, where I helped to develop, establish and evaluate a task-sharing framework for Brief Psychological Interventions, and second for an Early Intervention Service for adults with First Episode Psychosis, delivering therapy for a RCT.

Research interests or career goals

I hope to develop myself as a researcher in areas of humanitarian settings, post-conflict areas, displaced populations, monitoring, evaluation and accountability and health information systems in emergency settings, and more broadly, the impact of inequality on mental health outcomes. Inequality has always been an interest of mine, particularly in education and health systems, and I look forward to exploring this globally throughout the duration of the MSc.

Why I chose LSHTM/my course

My background in Psychology had made me aware of the quality of the staff and peers at KCL’s IoPPN. This, coupled with LSHTM’s public health research approach and real-world impact secured this course as my first choice, particularly in the context of the current emphasis towards public health / primary care in mental health, and my own interests in overcoming inequality in mental health of the MSc.

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Alyssa Palmer

Public Health (Distance Learning)

USA

Educational/professional background I work as a supply ... Read More

Educational/professional background

I work as a supply chain and project manager and thus far have defined my career by working on global projects to design, implement, and improve delivery of pharmaceutical products to patients. I am very grateful to have had experiences working at multinational companies, as well as non-profit organizations managing both clinical and commercial drug supply for life-saving products.

Why I chose LSHTM/my course

For me and my career path, I knew I needed a graduate degree to progress further, but I wasn’t sure that an MBA or other business-centric degree was right for me. I already had a strong business foundation, but what I really wanted to further develop in were the other areas which intersect with the work sector I’m in: epidemiology, biostatistics and health economics.

After visiting LSHTM and learning more about distance learning, it was evident that the program was the best fit for my lifestyle and work requirements. I am in my second year now and couldn’t have been happier with my decision.

What I have enjoyed most about my course

The distance learning program follows, more or less, the same structure as the full-time course model. And though I am essentially across the world from LSHTM, I have been able to connect with other distance learning students on the forums and WhatsApp groups, and even with students and alumni who also live in Seattle, WA. I travel often with my current role, and whenever I am in London, I take time to visit the library and attend a lecture from the Global Health Lecture Series.

How my programme will help my career

LSHTM’s reputation in the global health space and greater academic world is one of the greatest values and benefits. My employers and colleagues from both the private sector and non-profit organizations understand the rigor of the program, and respect and value the education and the degree. As well as this academic rigor and reputation, LSHTM’s strength is in its diverse network – both in occupations and in industry. Upon graduating my degree will complement my global career, and further generate opportunities to work on large scale global supply chains.

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Ahmed Cherno Futa

Epidemiology (Distance Learning)

Ghana, living in The Gambia

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

Educational/professional background

I am a medical officer currently working as a research clinician on a vaccine trail in The Gambia. When I started my current job about a year ago, I was very new to research. I was given the necessary training to perform my duties but I knew a formal training in the conduct of epidemiological research will make me a more complete researcher.

Why I chose LSHTM/my course

The distance learning master’s course in epidemiology was the perfect opportunity to learn from a research institution with world class reputation while still getting practical experience at my work site. It was an opportunity to develop my research skills in order to gain the confidence to be a better researcher and to be of better service to my organisation. So far it has been a very good experience for me. As a family man, I appreciate the fact that study materials have been designed in such a way that I am able to move at my own pace hence making it easy to juggle my studies with family time and my work. I also appreciate the fact that there are several tutors available to answer our questions on different forums, and I get to interact with other students worldwide on these forums and on other social media platforms.

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Maclawrence Famuyiwa

Infectious Diseases (Distance Learning)

Nigeria

Educational/professional background I hold a PhD degree ... Read More

Educational/professional background

I hold a PhD degree in public health. Also master’s degrees in public health and business administration after completing bachelor degrees in biological sciences and medicine. I have been actively involved in public health practice since 2004. I have work experience in both Zambia and Nigeria.

Why I chose LSHTM/my course

I chose to study at LSHTM because it is the pinnacle of medical education in the world. And I felt incomplete without a degree from this prestigious university despite the fact that I have studied up to a PhD level in other universities.

What I have enjoyed most about my course

The highly interactive nature of the learning and the willingness of the lecturers to answer all queries, even when some of the queries sound absurd endear me to the professionalism that is highly displayed by all staff of LSHTM. The flexibility of studying that distance learning allows, the opportunity of earning well-recognized degrees, just like those obtained through full time studies, and affordability endeared me to this distance learning method.

How my programme will help my career

The programme I am studying will help me to be very relevant in my country where infectious diseases have been a recurring issues. It will soundly equip me with relevant knowledge that will aid me in contributing to sound policies in tackling the ever worrying problem of infectious diseases in Nigeria.

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Ronald Kiyemba

Clinical Trials (Distance Learning)

Uganda

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

Educational/professional background

I graduated with a Bachelors of Medicine and Bachelors of Surgery of Gulu University in 2016, after which I joined Mulago National Referral Hospital for Internship training. I then joined Uganda-Case Western Reserve University Research Collaboration as a Research Medical Officer. I was exposed to Clinical Trials and epidemiological studies conducted at the site. It’s from here that I picked interest then sourced out for a research related course that I would do at convenience as I continue with my work.

Why I chose LSHTM/my course

Following consultation from my Mentor Assoc Prof David Meya, he advised for the choice of MSc Clinical Trials from LSHTM. I was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship from UK-DFID to fund my studies. Online studies are very flexible, as you study at convenience, and from anywhere so long as you have access to the internet. The study materials are in an easy to understand language which facilitate self-paced learning. This programme has given me a better insight into Clinical Trials and has significantly improved my performance at work. I look forward to applying for a PhD fellowship in research following completion of the course.

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Shay Morris-Doty

Epidemiology (Distance Learning)

USA

Educational/professional background I have a B.A. in ... Read More

Educational/professional background

I have a B.A. in International Development and 5 years of experience working with grassroots socioeconomic organizations in the USA before moving to the Caribbean. My experience largely had me interacting with refugees and minorities overwhelmingly impacted by conflict, economics, and the immigration process. My passion centered on public health as I realized that an individual’s health is a principal factor affecting their ability to live a meaningful life. Eventually however, this passion was hindered as I discovered gaps preventing efficiency, progress, and my own ability to feel effective. In particular, I found that many decisions are not always driven by empirical data and research, and as a result, do not necessarily reflect the reality and needs of a population.

Why I chose LSHTM/my course

I chose LSHTM because it is a global leader in the application of data and research to make informed decisions in public health. Despite any previous formal training in statistics, The MSc in Epidemiology has strongly equipped me to continue in my mission (I even feel that I can sometimes keep up with biostatisticians and data scientists!). Finally, the flexible learning environment has been integral in facilitating my work uninterrupted without compromising a strong academic experience.

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Lethabo Ramskin

Public Health (Distance Learning)

South Africa

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

Educational/professional background

I graduated from the University of Johannesburg in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. After graduating, I first worked as a research technologist on a gender based violence study. I later moved on to work on HIV prevention studies that included perinatally infected adolescents and pre-exposure prophylaxis demonstration trial to evaluate combination prevention packages for adolescent girls and young women in South Africa.

Research interests or career goals

My research interests include looking at integrating bio-medical interventions with structural interventions in order to eliminate new HIV infections among young women. My career goals are ultimately to be able to provide young African women with alternative options when it comes to HIV prevention and sexual reproductive health by contributing and coming up with cost effective and innovative ideas on how to do so.

Why I chose LSHTM/my course

I choose LSHTM because it is a global leader in public health with an array of teaching experts some of whom I have had the opportunity to be led by in my brief career. What stands out for me since the academic year has started is the variety of fellow students that I have come across. People coming from fields that one would not ordinarily associate with public or global health and hearing how they ended up wanting to study public health because of the life experience they have been exposed to.

Coming from a research background and particularly focusing on social sciences, I would like to strengthen my quantitative skills particularly looking at the epidemiological perspective of solving public health problems not just in South Africa but the rest of Africa. I would also like to strengthen my analytical skills as a researcher by getting involved in data analysis and writing of publications.

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Diego Alvarez

Infectious Diseases (Distance Learning)

Mexico

Educational/professional background I'm a health ... Read More

Educational/professional background

I’m a health professional with a bachelor’s degree of Medicine and Surgery, a specialist’s degree of Applied Methods of Research in Medical Sciences and a master’s degree of Health Sciences from Anahuac University. I work as instructional designer, researcher and academic coordinator of the Public Health programs at Carlos Slim Foundation.

Research interests or career goals

My primary lines of research have included Antimicrobial Resistance and Neglected Tropical Diseases. but recently I had the opportunity to start doing research about Non-Communicable Diseases, Maternal & Child Health and Medical Education. After finishing this degree, I would like to study the doctor’s degree in Public Health at LSHTM and join Doctors Without Borders.

Why I chose LSHTM/my course

I chose the MSc Infectious Diseases because since early in my career I developed special interest on infectious diseases while working in community awareness, implementation of health policies and research on neglected tropical diseases. I chose LSHTM because besides its well-known academic prestige, along those years I experienced its will to provide healthcare during humanitarian crises, its proficiency to control outbreaks and its avidity to develop world-changing research, qualities that I admire and cherish myself. Since then, I dreamed about studying at it, but due to logistics it seemed complicated until distance learning became an option.

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Gregor Bond

Clinical Trials (Distance Learning)

Austria, living in the UK

Educational/professional background I work as a ... Read More

Educational/professional background

I work as a consultant in Nephrology at the General Hospital in Vienna and as an Associate Professor at the Medical University of Vienna. I am part of the workers’ council of my university and head of PhD studies in the transplant science program.

Research interests or career goals

My research focuses on clinical and translational research in the field of kidney transplantation. At the moment I am designing an interventional multinational study to personalize immunosuppression after kidney transplantation. I contributed to several clinical studies within the clinical study team, but never worked as a chief investigator. Thus I wanted to broaden my knowledge concerning design, performance and analysis of clinical studies.

Why I chose LSHTM/my course

I chose LSHTM because of its remarkable international reputation. The course Clinical Trials was highly recommended by the statistician I am working at my University, who was a former LSHTM student. I just started my studies in October 2018. The course material is perfectly organized and tutors are easy to engage. I appreciate their professional and quick support.

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Aye Thar Aye

Infectious Diseases (Distance Learning)

Myanmar, living in the UK

Educational/professional background I have been working ... Read More

Educational/professional background

I have been working as a doctor for 10 years in 4 different countries; Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore and now in the UK. After a decade of spending my life in both developing and developed countries, I have realized microbiota is very unique in a way that the human body is the world for the other little living creatures, thereby interlinking the ecological system, and the disease arises even though the behavior will be more or less different. This unique picture of infectious disease attracted me to dig in more and more lives could be saved if the relationships between human and disease-causing microorganism are interrupted.

Why I chose LSHTM/my course

There is no doubt that everyone will be ‘Wow…’ when I am graduated from LSHTM and I believe I could hold my head high once I pass the valued course! I decided to choose the distance learning because the study hours are quite flexible and it provides me all I need with one click in both MSc Infectious Disease course and medical literature search.

What I have enjoyed most about my course

Distance learning students can access the LSHTM online library at any time. I think it is one of the best facilities to students. The provided study materials and the online teaching sessions like panopto video teaching make me feel like the same in a lecture theatre, and I could enjoy my study at any time at home in a relaxed way with my own speed. If I don’t understand the topic, then I just write in the discussion forum and either tutor or lecturer will reply with a clear explanation in a week. So, I don’t see any difference between on-campus and distance learning. The distance learning course saves me time, saves me money and teaches me all I need to know all about infectious disease in a relaxed way. Persistence and time management are the essential requirements if you choose a distance learning course. Should you manage these two, you could enjoy your life with less study stress. Believe it! While I am attending the distance learning course, I am still working in the hospital through the sleepless on-call nights.

How my programme will help my career

I expect myself to be a good researcher and an acute physician with special interest in infectious disease in Myanmar after I am competent in the required knowledge and skills in infectious disease. I could achieve knowledge from LSHTM and I need to try to be in the specialty training for clinical skills.

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Stefanie Kirchner

Epidemiology (Distance Learning)

Austria

Educational/professional background I hold a Master's ... Read More

Educational/professional background

I hold a Master’s degree in Public Health and I am currently also enrolled in the PhD programme for Public Health here in Austria.

Research interests or career goals

I am very interested in statistics and study methods as well as in epidemiology of non-communicable diseases. After finishing my studies I hope to be able to continue doing research especially in epidemiology of mental health. In the future I would love to work on epidemiological studies using big data as well as being a tutor.

Why I chose LSHTM/my course

I wanted to specialise in epidemiology and statistics and started looking for a suitable study programme that would provide me with the appropriate skills. There are many reasons why I applied for the LSHTM, their well-known reputation and high international connection being only few of them. The distance learning programme is the perfect opportunity for me to study epidemiology while still working full-time. This way, I am also able to directly apply the newly gained knowledge into my daily work.

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Sarah Derveeuw

MSc Global Mental Health

Belgium / Democratic Republic of Congo

Educational/professional background I completed a BSc ... Read More

Educational/professional background

I completed a BSc in Clinical Psychology at the University of Kent before joining the Global Mental Health MSc in September 2018. Throughout my academic career I have always been an international student, having studied the International Baccalaureate in international schools in Zimbabwe, India and Cambodia.

Research interests or career goals

My main research interest lies in linking poor physical health outcomes with psychopathology and determining the role that mental health plays in reducing the prevalence of other associated health conditions. The school is host to some of the world’s top experts in diverse areas of health research, and this has allowed me the opportunity to intern with Dr Melanie Abas, and get involved with her work on the effects of mental health interventions on treatment adherence for people living with HIV.

Why I chose the School/my course

This course helped tie in the knowledge in mental health that I obtained in my undergraduate degree with my experience of living in lower economically developed countries, making it a perfect fit for two areas of research that I am very passionate about. Furthermore, the opportunities that the School provides to their students are ample. Talks, workshops, and journal discussions are available every week and the friendly and approachable sense of community created by students and academic staff means any interaction you have at LSHTM becomes an opportunity to learn from and collaborate with others.

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Sara Eloisa Rivera Molina

MSc Control of Infectious Diseases

Honduras

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

Educational/professional background

I obtained my pediatrics degree in Honduras. Shortly after that, I decided to study infectious diseases and completed my fellowship in Mexico City. I went back home and worked in a pediatric hospital, mainly focused on treatment of infectious diseases and control and prevention of healthcare acquired infections. I then decided I needed to gain more skills in epidemiology and public health so I decided to apply to LSHTM! I am a Chevening Scholar.

Research interests or career goals

I want to work with pediatric patients in a hospital setting; but I would also love to help raise awareness of healthcare acquired infections, their impact and ways we can control and prevent at a national level; also, raise awareness for antimicrobial resistance so that hopefully someday Honduras may have a national action plan for antimicrobial resistance. Communicable diseases, especially arthropod-borne diseases are a big burden in my country, I would love to contribute to their control. I also want to work as a lecturer and researcher.

Why I chose the School/my course

It was really not a difficult decision, LSHTM has a worldwide reputation for its impact and research in public health, epidemiology and tropical diseases. I wanted to gain more skills and study an MSc that combined epidemiology and public health specifically focused on infectious diseases, and I found exactly what I was looking for at LSHTM. This will give me a wider perspective on control and prevention of communicable diseases, which by the way represent a big burden in my home country.

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Tim Wong

MSc Tropical Medicine & International Health

Hong Kong

Educational/professional background Bachelor of ... Read More

Educational/professional background

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (University of Hong Kong, 2012)

I am a medical doctor from Hong Kong, with experience in primary care, emergency medicine and anaesthetics. Earlier this year, I volunteered in refugee camps in Greece and Bangladesh. After the MSc, I will be working with Médecins Sans Frontières (aka Doctors Without Borders) somewhere – exactly where, I have yet to be told.

Research interests or career goals

I hope to work in refugee health – clinically at first, but eventually moving more towards a public health role, specifically in the planning and delivery of healthcare in this fragile setting. At this point, however, I’d also like to learn more about neglected tropical diseases – I mean, who doesn’t get excited about all those microscopic creepy crawlies that aren’t talked about often enough and just aren’t covered in general medical training?

Why I chose the School/my course

Question is: why would I not have? Ever felt like you were the oddball at medical school? That your life goals and career trajectory were so very different? That you really didn’t want to go into specialty training immediately like everyone else? That there were much bigger problems out there to address? That you wanted a break from “the norm”? Or even that you didn’t know what you wanted to do? If you answered “yes” to any of those, then this course is tailor-made for you! Come study with like-minded individuals, the best and the brightest (unfortunately I’m not in that group), and I guarantee you’ll be inspired – both by the teachers and your fellow students. “I don’t like my group” doesn’t exist here!

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Alicia Showering

MSc Epidemiology

United Kingdom

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

Educational/professional background

I graduated from University of Liverpool in 2018 with a 1st class honours degree in Biological Sciences. Throughout my undergraduate degree I had the opportunity to study both theory and practical modules at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine where I was inspired to work in infectious disease.

Research interests or career goals

I am currently studying the Epidemiology MSc through the MRC London Intercollegiate Doctoral Training Partnership to develop my advanced quantitative skills before I begin my PhD investigating human attractiveness to malaria mosquitoes. 

Why I chose the School/my course

LSHTM has a world leading reputation and fantastic facilities, the staff here are experts in the field. This masters is helping me to build the skill set I will need to be successful in my future research career.

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Lowri Davies

MSc Reproductive & Sexual Health Research

Belgium

Educational/professional background BSc in Politics and ... Read More

Educational/professional background

BSc in Politics and International Relations from the University of Bath. After graduating, I worked in international aid consulting and programme management., working mainly as a programme manager on a 17 country DFID rural roads research programme.

Research interests or career goals

I am interested in access to  and choice around contraceptives and family planning methods, specifically for young people, and am also interested in technology platforms for sexual and reproductive health.

Why I chose the School/my course

I chose to study at the School as it is the only place that offers a course in reproductive and sexual health with a focus on low and middle income countries. The School has an outstanding reputation, and since being here, we have been lectured by world leading researchers and practitioners on issues like social practices on HIV and reducing maternal mortality. The School is also a very international place, with other students from all over the world, who you also learn a great deal from!

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Anubhav Nangia

MSc Public Health (Health Economics)

India

Educational/professional background I did my Bachelor’s ... Read More

Educational/professional background

I did my Bachelor’s in Human Physiology at Boston University. I subsequently began medical school there, but a year later, found that I was not enjoying medicine as much as I had hoped. I took time off and pursued research in cardiac surgery before deciding that I should do an MSc in Public Health, as it aligned with my passion.

Research interests or career goals

I hope to study the factors that influence the demand of HIV prevention interventions, such as pre-exposure prophylaxis, among the MSM community in India. I am also interested to study and improve the access that members of the LGBTQ+ community have to mental health services in India.

Why I chose the School/my course

Since medical school, I developed a strong interest in the upstream determinants of health and prevalent inequities continued to frustrate me. Public health seemed like the perfect course for me to learn how to overcome such inequities through research. LSHTM is at the epicenter of innovative and impactful research in public health and as such was my top choice.

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Hannah Gjertson

MSc Public Health (Health Economics)

USA

Educational/professional background Bachelor’s in ... Read More

Educational/professional background

Bachelor’s in Biology 2018; Minors in Biomedical Ethics and Anthropology

My professional experience includes working in state government in maternal and child health, in addition to four years of clinical experience working in a long-term care facility with geriatric and rehabilitation patients.

Research interests or career goals

I’d like to eventually combine health economics and policy to be able to recommend and analyze best practices of health with a patient-facing role that allows me to impact populations as well as health outcomes at an individual level. Additionally I’m interested in the ethics of allocating limited resources and how to analyze and align policy decisions within this framework.

Why I chose the School/my course

The ability to complete a Master’s in Public Health in one year as opposed to two years back home in the USA. The global respect and reputation of LSHTM and the work conducted here. The chance to live in London for a year. And the amazing connections networks, and friendships that have come with the School.

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Camille Bou

MSc Health Policy, Planning & Financing

France / Singapore

Educational/professional background From September 2013 ... Read More

Educational/professional background

From September 2013 – June 2017 I pursued an Honours Bachelor of Sciences at the University of Toronto in psychology and biology for health sciences. Since then I have conducted research in public mental health with the Mental Health Foundation in London. Some of my work includes best-practice recommendations for maternity services in order to better identify and support pregnant women with a history of childhood sexual abuse.

Research interests or career goals

I am very interested in implementing and improving healthcare services and programmes. I hope to use my knowledge of health economics to devise efficient and effective health policies at a national and global level. I would like to explore the development of mental health services in humanitarian crisis settings.

Why I chose the School/my course

The HPPF programme was my first choice because of its coursework and collaboration between the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and London School of Economics. The two universities place an important emphasis on research, and they have such inspiring faculty members and a very diverse student body both professionally and culturally. I knew that by choosing this programme I would learn a lot inside and outside the classroom.

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Sophie Hardy

MSc Nutrition for Global Health

France

Educational/professional background Intercalating ... Read More

Educational/professional background

Intercalating Medical Student from Brighton and Sussex Medical School.

Research interests or career goals

Through previous involvement in my Friends of MSF society at medical school, it has become a goal of mine to one day work for an international NGO providing aid to disadvantaged countries. I am also interested in learning more about policy making with a view to one day becoming involved in the public health field, as I believe that is where all true change begins.

Why I chose the School/my course

I have wanted to attend LSHTM ever since hearing about the experiences of peers who had intercalated at the School before me, and have not been disappointed. The amazing range of backgrounds and the inspiring talks from world experts that make LSHTM such a wonderful place to study have been even better than I could have thought. Additionally, I felt it was important that I use my time here to learn something that not only interests me, but will also be useful in future clinical practice, and nutrition for global health seemed like the perfect way to combine the two. There is nowhere like this School for ground-breaking work and learning about the world and global health.

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Kelvin Mokaya Abuga

MSc Immunology of Infectious Diseases

Kenya

Educational/professional background I hold a BSc in ... Read More

Educational/professional background

I hold a BSc in Medical Laboratory Science and Technology from the University of Nairobi and a Postgraduate Diploma in Research Methods from Pwani University. I have professional experience in health research through my internships with CNHR-Kenya and KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme.

Research interests or career goals

My primary area of interest is in tropical infections, particularly in malaria and tuberculosis vaccinology. After my studies, I am keen to work with institutions seeking to develop vaccines and alleviate the burden of tropical diseases, which are a global public health concern. I also intend to enroll for a PhD programme soon.

Why I chose the School/my course

It was not a hard choice to make. LSHTM is world-renowned for producing leading researchers and adept immunologists who have changed the world in their fields. I chose Immunology of Infectious Diseases as it combines my interests in vaccine development and offers me a strong background for research development and application. The course will also expose me to novel ideas, approaches, and technologies that will be useful in my goal of controlling and alleviating tropical diseases.

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Franziska Badenschier

Public Health (Distance Learning)

Germany

Educational/professional background I used to be a ... Read More

Educational/professional background

I used to be a science journalist with specialties in neglected (not only tropical) diseases, public health, global health, and health systems in LMIC. Hence, my work as a freelancer for radio and online media had taken me all over the world, be it Nodding Syndrome in Uganda, Ebola outbreak detection in Guinea, Cholera in Haiti or Mental Health in Madagascar, just to name a few. Then, I became senior editor at Science Media Center Germany. Now, I work as an advisor for the Epidemic Preparedness Team within the Sector Initiative Universal Health Coverage with the GIZ in Germany. Initially, I had graduated in science journalism after studying in Germany and France. Then, I started studying Public Health at the LSHTM with the Distance Learning Programme and spent three months at the School in London taking advantage of the Blended Learning option.

Research interests or career goals

Outbreak detection and surveillance system. Epidemiology, health promotion, social mobilization and crisis communication in outbreaks.

Why I chose the School/my course

Where to apply? At LSHTM—no doubt! For what to apply, Epidemiology or Public Health? Difficult decision! Curious as I am, I eventually opted for Public Health with the General Stream—in order to benefit from the broad range of topics from statistics to economics, from health policy to health promotion, though whenever possible, I focus on epidemiology in epidemics and crises settings as well as outbreak detection and surveillance systems.

The Distance Learning programme I chose because it offered the possibility to study and to continue with my job at the same time. After studying two modules on campus I know well the advantages and disadvantages of both, studying on site and from afar.

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Matthew Smith

PhD Epidemiology and Population Health

United Kingdom

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Educational/professional background

I have a background in Mathematics, obtaining a BSc in Mathematics from Nottingham and MSc Medical Statistics from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. I have professional experience in the finance industry and healthcare services.

Research interests or career goals

My research interests lie in biostatistics; more specifically in cancer epidemiology. I am currently investigating methods that describe the causal effect of risk factors associated with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. A few of the methods I am reading are: survival analysis using Cox proportional hazard ratios, Age-Period-Cohort models to estimate the incidence of diagnosis, Targeted Maximum Likelihood Estimation to assess causal effect parameters, and alternating logistic regression to indicate the patient variability.

Why I chose the School/my course

I chose the School for a number of reasons. Firstly, the School offers diversity, one of the largest; of students, courses, and opportunities. Secondly, the freedom of collaboration; within the School there is a natural atmosphere of freedom to communicate within and between departments and faculties. Lastly, the School is a world leading organisation in health research, it is at the forefront of identifying hypotheses right through to implicating proposed world-wide interventions.

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Prima Alam

PhD Public Health and Policy

United Kingdom

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Educational/professional background

MSc in Reproductive & Sexual Health Research (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine), MPA in International Development (Tsinghua University), and BSc in Geography with Economics (London School of Economics).

Research interests or career goals

My PhD research focuses on young people’s sexual and reproductive health (SRH) in Bangladesh. I have a keen interest in health inequalities and action research. Prior to joining the School, I worked in various research and advocacy roles. After completing my PhD, I want to continue learning all the things and doing similar work in the field of SRH.

Why I chose the School/my course

According to my old application letter (as well as the above ‘research interests’ section) I chose to apply to the School because of “a keen interest in health inequalities and action research”. True story.

Two main ‘logistical’ considerations also contributed to my decision:

1. Finding a potential supervisor who shares my interests and would willingly supervise my research was, of course, a very important step in the process. Luckily, the School is home to many such talented and engaging professors with diverse research interests and tonnes of experience.

2. Funding was a key concern. There are a few funding opportunities at the School – I applied for, and was awarded, the ‘1+3’ Economic and Social Research Council studentship for my master’s and PhD.

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Maria Luisa Tejada de Rivero Sawers

Public Health (Distance Learning)

Mexico

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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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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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Diogo Martins

DrPH

Portugal

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Educational/professional background

Diogo Martins is a Public Health medical trainee from Portugal, with 8 years of experience in national and international health-related organisations. He is a global health enthusiast, passionate about public policy formulation and implementation, with keen interest in the intersections between climate change and health. Diogo has 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. He currently holds the position of Senior Policy Officer at the Wellcome Trust.

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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