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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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Catherine Davis

MSc Nutrition for Global Health

United Kingdom

Educational/professional background Nutrition has long ... Read More

Educational/professional background

Nutrition has long been one of my greatest interests, however I decided to study BA English at undergraduate level. Having completed my degree I realised that my true interest still lay in health, and I felt that gaining an MSc in Nutrition was the first logical step in embarking upon this career path.

Research interests or career goals

I am still learning about this field and the opportunities that are available, but I am particularly interested in maternal health, diet culture and disease-related nutrition. In the future I would like to undertake dietetic training, but I am also interested in working for an NGO or possibly in science communication.

Why I chose LSHTM/my course

I was aware of LSHTM’s fantastic reputation, with its eminent research and lecturers, but it was the friendly atmosphere and close-knit community feel which convinced me to apply to the School. Coming from a humanities background it was also important that I chose a university which was welcoming and tailored to students in my situation; LSHTM was one of the few I visited which fulfilled these criteria. This variety in student experience, as well as the international cohort, has been invaluable to my learning, and is what makes LSHTM such a unique and exciting place to study.

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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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Katrina Lundberg

MSc Nutrition for Global Health

Germany

Educational/professional background BSc. Physiology, ... Read More

Educational/professional background

BSc. Physiology, Sports Science and Nutrition at the University of Glasgow

Research interests or career goals

Much of my experience up till now has been in clinical nutrition research. I chose to pursue my masters in Nutrition for Global Health at LSHTM as I was interested in learning how the nutrition research that I participated in could be used to inform policy and guidelines, nationally and globally. I believe that the skills and knowledge I acquired during my undergraduate together with the new skills and in-depth knowledge on public health nutrition I am learning at LSHTM will help me in pursuit of a career in the humanitarian or public policy sector.

Why I chose the School/my course

I chose to go to LSHTM because, of the fact that of all the schools that offered public health courses, this one had the best reputation. In addition, it was the only MSc that I could find that offered a focus on Nutrition together with Global Health, which is my particular interest. Over all I think I made the best decision. Not only are the course lectures taught by true experts in their respective fields, but also the format of the lectures is such that questions and discussions are welcomed. These together give us as students the rare access to insights of world leading researchers that would be hard to obtain elsewhere. Additionally, the diversity in the student body is something which I truly appreciate. Not only do my fellow students come from all around the world, but we all come from different backgrounds (from English Literature to Economics to Medicine and through to Nutrition) which enables us to gain different insights and experiences that I have found enriches my own learning massively. Ultimately, I feel so honored and privileged to have been given this opportunity to study at LSHTM and look forward to what the future post MSc holds for me.

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Emily Trautner

MSc Health Policy, Planning & Financing

USA

Educational/professional background I was born and ... Read More

Educational/professional background

I was born and raised in California and completed her undergraduate degree at Princeton in Economics with a minor in African American studies. I subsequently worked in health and development with Plan Uganda based in Kampala for two years and later with University of California San Francisco Center for AIDS Research based in Kisumu, Kenya.

Research interests or career goals

I am taking a break from medical school at Emory University to obtain a Master’s in Health Policy, Planning & Financing and will complete my medical degree in 2020. I plan to pursue a career in women’s health and emerging infectious disease response by specializing in Obstetrics and Gynecology and subsequently pursuing a career in public health and policy.

 

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Ilhame Ouansafi

MSc Public Health for Development

Morocco / Canada

Educational/professional background BSc/MSc ... Read More

Educational/professional background

BSc/MSc Telecommunications Engineering from Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland
MBA from HEC Montreal, Canada

After an initial engineering and business career, I embarked on a new adventure through the MBAs Without Borders program, moving to Malawi and working in rural hospitals in some of the poorest areas in the country. I ran interviews throughout various departments within the hospitals and discussed with clinical colleagues on their respective missions and the challenges they encounter daily. From the very beginning of that assignment, I knew I would dedicate the rest of my career to global health issues, contributing to strengthening health systems in the most disadvantageous contexts and for the least privileged people. Subsequently, I worked for a few years with the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), in Malawi then Cambodia. I managed programs in health financing, pediatric HIV/TB, and malaria. In those roles, I worked hand in hand with local governments and other implementing organizations, supporting the Ministry of Health to achieve the national targets.

Research interests or career goals

I’m very interested in the fields of HIV and mental health, particularly for women, children and adolescents.  My objective after graduating from the MSc Public Health for Development would be to continue working in low income countries, collaborating with local governments on the design and evaluation of public health strategies, to control health problems and promote health.

Why I chose the School/my course

There are several reasons why I chose the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The school is undeniably among the most reputable institutions in this field, benefiting from a very solid reputation amongst researchers, practitioners, NGOs and governments. I applied specifically to the MSc Public Health for Development because of its uniqueness, and its distinctive features in terms of both the structure of the course and the student body. My classmates come from 30 different countries, they have all worked in public health in low income countries. The discussions around the unique sets of achievements and challenges make the interactions and learning that more enriching.

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Jessica Brock

MSc Public Health (Health Promotion)

United Kingdom

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

Educational/professional background

I graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a Bachelor of Nursing with Honours in 2018. Throughout my undergraduate degree, I undertook wide and varied clinical placements where I witnessed first-hand the effect that the social and commercial determinants of health, compounded by the nature of our modern lifestyles, were having on the health of the Scottish population. After focusing my undergraduate dissertation on the role of the nurse in preventing type II diabetes mellitus in individuals at high risk, I decided I wanted to pursue a career in health promotion and disease prevention, which led to my decision to undertake this MSc.

Research interests or career goals

Although I have many interests that span public and global health, my main interests lie in the prevention of risk factors of non-communicable diseases in children, adolescents and adults. Whilst it is still early on in my studies, I am motivated towards pursuing a career in researching or designing complex health promotion interventions and/or being involved in health policy.

Why I chose the School/my course

LSHTM is an institution that has a huge global presence within the public and global health space. The professors and academics who work at, or are affiliated with the School are leading experts in their field, and produce high quality research with impact. Likewise, the students at the School are extremely diverse and have a wealth of experience in various health fields across low, middle and high income countries. I chose the School because I wanted to be surrounded by students and academics alike that were enthusiastic about public and global health, and I had also heard through friends, and friends of friends, that their year they spent studying at LSHTM was the best studying year of their life. So far, it doesn’t disappoint!

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Esther Chongwo

MSc Public Health (General stream)

Kenya

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

Educational/professional background

I hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Research Methods. My clinical experience sparked in me a desire to work beyond the hospital setting providing curative health to promotive and preventive health at the population level. I subsequently enrolled for a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Research Methods through which I gained basic research skills including, but not limited to, data collection, poster presentations and scientific research dissemination through publications. I then worked as a project coordinator for a study on HIV prior to joining the School.

Research interests or career goals

My long-term goal is to be a research scientist focusing on developing adequate public health interventions and therapeutic strategies for vulnerable youth especially those living with HIV. My desire is to develop critical skills and knowledge to translate public health research into practice.

Why I chose the School/my course

I decided to pursue MSc Public at LSHTM because I had a strong desire to build a solid foundation in public health research. LSHTM is a top institution in offering Public Health courses with a diverse set of teaching, mentorship and research activities that are coordinated by world class experts. I chose the general public health stream because of its broad nature and flexibility in the modules to cover. This will in turn enable me to gain grounded knowledge that resonates well with my future career path.

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Francis Ayomoh

MSc Health Policy, Planning & Financing

Nigeria

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

Educational/professional background

I studied Medicine and Surgery at the University of Jos graduating at the top of my class in 2011. I have worked as a General Practitioner and subsequently as a Resident Doctor in Internal Medicine dealing with non-communicable conditions and infectious diseases like HIV/AIDS and Lassa fever. I left my residency program to work with the Federal Ministry of Health in Nigeria where I have contributed to the implementation of programs related to hospital services, healthcare financing and human resources for health. I have a certificate in Public Management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and have completed online certificate programs from Harvard University and John Hopkins University. I also have a Certificate in Leadership and Management in Health from the University of Washington. I am a 2018 Mandela Washington Fellow and a 2018 Commonwealth scholar at LSHTM.

Research interests or career goals

I aspire to become a specialist in health economics and policy with the requisite expertise to advice governments and international organizations on health policy and financing options. My research interests include health systems and policy, health economics, healthcare financing in low- and middle-income countries, universal health coverage, healthcare governance, socioeconomic determinants of health, disability and health.

Why I chose the School/my course

LSHTM has a truly international student distribution and a reputation for training global health leaders. The School has a rich intellectual heritage, a great location in central London and a faculty of renowned experienced researchers. The Health Policy, Planning and Financing (HPPF) program teaches critical appraisal, practical solutions and appropriate policy responses to challenges bedeviling health systems. The program is jointly run with the London School of Economics and Political Science and exposes me to economic evaluation methods and analytical models applicable in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry. The HPPF program is unique because it provides outstanding tutelage from two world-class institutions and gives students the opportunity to tailor their module choices towards their career interests.

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Carolyn Puobebe

MSc Public Health (Health Economics)

Ghana

Educational/professional background I started off as a ... Read More

Educational/professional background

I started off as a Trained Registered Nurse in Ghana. My passion for Public Health developed during my work as a nurse in a rural health facility. After a few years in nursing, I decided to pursue a BSc in Public Health at the University of Ghana. Contrary to my thoughts, I couldn’t achieve much with my BSc and therefore decide to take up a master’s program in Public health.

Research interests or career goals

I am particularly interested in evaluating health programs and interventions in low- and middle-income countries to access which programs really have a sustainable impact in improving health. I am also interested in assessing the burden of non-communicable diseases in low- and middle-income countries and making contributions to policies that focus on improving the lives of disadvantaged individuals.

Why I chose the School

Your guess maybe right as mine! Lol. LSHTM has earned an international reputation within the sphere of health research and science. It is a top university, and for me a degree from LSHTM goes a long way to boost my CV in the competitive job market. Also, the one-year MSc in Public Health is great because it reduces cost and study period as compared to other programs that are two years.

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Isabel Abbs

MSc Public Health (General stream)

United Kingdom

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

Educational/professional background

I graduated from the University of Edinburgh with an MA (Hons) in Philosophy and Politics in July 2017. During my time at university I spent a year studying abroad in Washington, D.C. Whilst studying for my undergraduate degree I was particularly interested in human rights, ethics and public policy. After a year spent working as a paralegal in a London law firm specialising in legal services for the healthcare market, I decided to pursue the MSc at LSHTM.

Research interests or career goals

I am particularly interested in how health policy is implemented and what factors can limit its influence on health outcomes. The area of health that I am most passionate about is women’s reproductive and sexual health, particularly maternal health. I aim to work for an international NGO on policy to improve maternal health outcomes.

Why I chose the School/my course

I chose the School after talking to professionals in the field, all of whom recommended LSHTM as the most exciting and respected centre for research and teaching. I also spoke to previous students who emphasised the opportunities for networking and for getting involved in ongoing research. The reputation of LSHTM speaks for itself and I was so excited at the prospect of studying here.

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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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Faisal Ayembillah

MSc Public Health for Development

Ghana

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

Educational/professional background

I graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana in July 2012.Prior to my enrolment as a student of this prestigious institution, I was a General Medical practitioner appointed to the rank of Deputy Superintendent of the Ghana Police Service.

Research interests or career goals

My research interest is in the field of epidemiology of communicable disease.

Why I chose the School/my course

With a diverse student body and faculty, all of whom are committed to improving health worldwide, LSHTM provided an ideal graduate program. The MSc Public Health for Development particularly stood out to me as it gave an opportunity to expand my understanding of health and its contributing factors while also building practical research skills.

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Sabiha Ladak

MSc Public Health (Health Promotion)

USA

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

Educational/professional background

I completed my undergraduate studies in 2014 at the University of Virginia, where I majored in Global Development Studies (GDS) and History, and minored in African Studies. My thesis was focused on the alternative views towards HIV that were prevalent during the late 1990s and early 2000s in South Africa and analyzed how certain grassroots initiatives succeeded in providing answers and merging Western medical knowledge with social practices in-country.

Since graduating from UVA, I have spent the last few years working at John Snow, Inc. (JSI), a public health management consulting firm based in Washington, D.C, and have been providing support to a large USAID-funded global HIV project.

Research interests or career goals

Although my educational and professional background to date has mostly been focused on HIV, I am interested in maternal and child health, and gender equity/limiting gender violence more broadly. I have enjoyed my work at JSI so far, but am hoping this MSc will allow me to advance my technical, quantitative, and research skills to be able to manage global public health programs more effectively.

Why I chose the School/my course

I knew for quite a while that I would need a Master’s in Public Health to grow professionally, but what made me ultimately choose LSHTM was its great reputation within the international health realm. The diversity (of both the students and the professors), program size, and flexibility of the program were all appealing, and I knew that the health promotion stream would expose me to more holistic perspectives in tailoring effective healthcare delivery.

The fact that the program is only one year instead of two (compared to most MPH programs in the U.S.) also made it a cheaper alternative for me, which was an added bonus!

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Stefanie Kong

MSc Public Health (Health Services Research)

USA

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Educational/professional background

I graduated from Santa Clara University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in biology and a minor in public health. Since then, I have been working at biotech companies in the Silicon Valley. My experience includes working as a scientist for Roche Molecular Diagnostics and as a clinical research associate for a medical device startup.

Research interests or career goals

I am committed to achieving health equity and social justice in global health. I aspire to help design health programs and improve access to medical innovation in resource-limited settings.

Why I chose the School/my course

LSHTM is a major hub for global health research, policy, and impact. The School’s reputation draws public health professionals from around the world, so I chose to study here because I knew I would be able to learn as much from my classmates as from my professors. I am excited to develop my broad research interests in infectious diseases and maternal/child health, which align with LSHTM’s expertise and opportunities in these fields.

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Gatera Fiston Kitema

MSc Public Health for Eye Care

Rwanda

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Educational/professional background

I graduated as an Ophthalmic Clinical Officer at the University of Rwanda in 2012 with strong passion for eye care promotion and to fight against avoidable blindness. I worked with different public and private eye care promotion initiative in Rwanda and Burundi. Currently, I am involved with training ophthalmic cadres at the University of Rwanda and head a local non-governmental organization of ophthalmic clinical officers and cataract surgeons of Rwanda also advisor of the eye health technical working group of the Ministry of Health.

Research interests or career goals

My interest is sight saving by promoting evidence based preventive and curative means without leaving behind rehabilitation to empower those who lost their sight for inclusion and equality purposes. In addition, research is key to address the needs in terms of quantity and quality as well as impact, in a nutshell my focus is academia and eye care services integration.

Why I chose the School/my course

LSHTM is changing lives of many in the world and looking at how far Rwanda has gone in the battle against malaria as an example, we could have not hit different targets without tireless days and nights of LSHTM researchers and that points out the problem-solving approach in teaching here at LSHTM. Moreover, I chose the School because the people who inspire me in eye care field are alumnae of LSHTM, their excellence in practice highly informed my perception about the School. The MSc PHEC course is a perfect choice for me as research in eye care and global blindness prevention and rehabilitation will put me in a position to contribute and answer pressing questions about eye health. Finally, the MSc PHEC I am enrolled in is run by the International Centre for Eye Health (ICEH), a strong and recognized centre for eye health promotion and research globally, I am looking forward to becoming more connected and experienced in research by the end of the course.

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Molly Hogan

MSc Public Health (General stream)

United Kingdom

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Educational/professional background

I graduated from the University of Manchester with a BSc in Biomedical Sciences in July 2018, and I spent a placement year at the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline. During my degree I produced a dissertation focussed on the reduction of AMR through gene disruption and also took part in projects at the Universities of Manchester and York. At Manchester the research focussed on HIV prevention in sex workers in India, and at York focussed on the effect of smoking cessation on both TB and diabetes outcomes.

Research interests or career goals

I have not decided on a definite career path yet. I am enjoying learning about both UK and international policy in Public Health decision making. I will possibly look into a career in academia, and continue to enjoy both qualitative and quantitative research.

Why I chose the School/my course

Due to being new to the public health field, I chose this course as I knew it would provide me with a broad overview of public health, the range of careers offered and allow me to narrow my focus gradually and naturally. LSHTM is renowned for its expert staff, teaching and research and I knew that I wanted to attend a school where Public Health, and its associated courses, was its main focus. In addition, although I have stayed on the general stream I liked that the School offered the opportunity to specialise in a stream if I’d wanted to.

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Angel Xiaohan Ji

MSc Public Health for Development

Canada

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Educational/professional background

A Trinity College alumna, I graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Arts majoring in International Relations, History and East Asian Studies. Prior to joining the school, I worked as Programme Assistant with the WHO China Country Office in Beijing. My work mainly focused on Disease Control, and ranged from hepatitis to hypertension control and cardiovascular diseases, to policy and communications.

Research interests or career goals

My curiosity and passion for the overlapping areas between international relations and public health was what led me here, and I’m excited to see where it’ll take me.

Why I chose the School/my course

After speaking with numerous public health professionals who also happen to be alumni of the School, I chose LSHTM for its top-notch education, leading worldwide reputation and incredible diversity. After reading through the program descriptions online, Public Health for Development sounded like the perfect mix of international relations and public health, and I’m glad to say that I made the right choice.

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Rouchela Giri

MSc Public Health (Health Services Management)

Nepal

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Educational/professional background

I graduated with a degree in Medicine in 2014 from Nepal. I was working as a medical officer in the emergency department in a hospital, when we had the devastating earthquake of 2015. Wanting to be more involved in the community, I shifted my attention towards prevention and public health. I then worked for an organization involved in mental health, and prior to joining LSHTM for my master’s, I worked for The Global Fund’s Malaria elimination program over looking 15 districts in the mid western region of Nepal for a little over 2 years.

Research interests or career goals

I worked in infectious disease control however, I am interested in managing diseases and being involved in health care research that influences decisions of policy makers.

Why I chose the School/my course

I chose LSHTM because of its strong reputation worldwide. After having come here, I see why anyone would like to study here. Students from all over the world with abundance of experiences in various fields all in one place, has been overwhelming as well as comforting. The teachers are experts of the field, and have experiences all over the world. A master’s in Public Health wasn’t actually the direction I was going for when I completed my medicine, but after having worked in the field, I realized that there should be ample knowledge in order to make changes that are permanent or sustainable, and this school is the best  guidance for what I am hoping to achieve.

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Jemma Greenin

MSc Medical Statistics

United Kingdom

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Educational/professional background

I completed my undergraduate degree in Mathematical Sciences at the University of Bath in September 2018. During that time I studied a range of subjects including Medical Statistics, GLMs and Applied Statistics. While on my placement year I worked in the Early Phase Oncology and Neuroscience department in Eli Lilly and company doing pharmaceutical statistics.

Research interests or career goals

Ever since placement, my goal has been to pursue a career in Medical Statistics. I am still undecided as to whether I would like to go back into the pharmaceutical industry or to carry on learning more and apply for a PhD.

Why I chose the School/my course

I knew that I wanted to have the opportunity to go into the Pharmaceutical Industry to work in medical statistics and having a Masters in the subject would allow me to do this. The School has one of the best reputations in the industry and so I wanted the opportunity to study at such a prestigious university.

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KaKei Sum

MSc Epidemiology

Malaysia

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Educational/professional background

I graduated from Northeastern University in Boston in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science. During my undergraduate, I had the chance to work in clinical setting as well as in clinical trials for cancer research. I also did basic science research for my senior year project on antimicrobial tolerance in Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Upon graduation, I worked as a research assistant at Harvard Law School in health policy research that aims to expand global access to medicines particularly through legal mechanisms such as intellectual property law. I was also involved in a pilot initiative which implemented telemedicine to increase state-wide access to mental health services at the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission.

Research interests or career goals

I have been keeping my options open since coming to the school. Prior to attending LSHTM, I was exposed mainly to non-communicable diseases but I know there is so much more I can learn apart from that realm. The school’s excellence in infectious disease research has been a fantastic resource for me to learn more about the disease area. It has been such a privilege to learn from all the prestige professors/speakers at the school on different disease topics. Seeing their passion in doing what they are doing regardless of their disease areas makes me feel like I can work on anything really as long as the aim is to improve the health of the world.

Although I am still deciding what disease area to focus on, I am determined to bridge the gap of generating research evidence and policy development through my future career possibly at the national/international level in low- and middle-income countries.

Why I chose the School/my course

The global impact that LSHTM has towards the health of the vulnerable populations in the world, its dedication to translate academic knowledge into policy and practice as well as to promote health equity at the global level were amongst the reasons I listed the School as my top choice when applying for my graduate study. I am further affirmed by the quality of teachings I have been receiving since the beginning of my study and the amazing people I met at the School. I chose Epidemiology because it is the cornerstone of public health and being able to understand the methodology that forms public health practice will put me in a uniquely qualified position to influence public health policies in the future.

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Joy Nwizu

MSc Health Policy, Planning & Financing

Nigeria

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Educational/professional background

I am a management consultant with over 4 years’ experience in health systems strengthening and have led various projects aimed at improving health outcomes. Prior to commencing the MSc program at LSHTM, I served as the co-coordinator of the Nigeria Joint Learning Network for Health Care Financing (NJLN).  I hold a degree in Public Health and was the best graduating student in the department. I have published and ongoing research works.

Research interests or career goals

I have interest in supporting efforts to identify sustainable financing mechanisms in resource poor settings and designing health insurance schemes that can reduce high out of pocket expenditure and cover the very poor in low- and middle-income countries. I am also interested in health policy development and working to address the challenges faced by policy makers and policy implementers.

Why I chose the School/my course

I chose LSHTM based on the feedback I received from some of the alumni and the general reputation of the School in health. I chose my course because of its unique combination of my core interests – health policy, health planning and health financing. I also liked the opportunity it provided to learn from the two prestigious schools in the world – LSHTM and London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Ankita Mukherjee

MSc Public Health (General stream)

India

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Educational/professional background

I have a BSc in Biotechnology and MSc in Food Science from the University of Mumbai. I started working in the food sector but soon realized it didn’t give me any moral satisfaction. Living in a developing country, I couldn’t blind myself from the health inequalities that engulfed people. I hence incepted an NGO with my former employer, that worked on sood safety & nutrition in rural India and worked with State Government on some of their health schemes. I have in total 2 years of work experience.

Research interests or career goals

I want to integrate and find associations between NCDs, prenatal health and toxic environmental exposures and design and evaluate health policies for it in LMIC.

Why I chose the School/my course

LSHTM has an exceptionally strong reputation across the health sector for providing substantial quality research. Further, the professors are veterans in their fields who share an ardor for their subject which is evident from their researches. LSHTM has a cohort of global students and has work spanning across all disciplines in multiple countries. I chose Public Health because it addresses real-world problems and finds solutions that can be implemented in real time. It allows the flexibility of applying the principles to a broad range of topics.

 

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Mirava Yuson

MSc Veterinary Epidemiology

Philippines

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Educational/professional background

I first graduated with a degree in BA Creative Writing before taking up veterinary medicine. After passing the board exam and becoming a licensed veterinarian, I practiced at a small animal clinic for three years. My primary focus was on physiotherapy, and I concentrated on teaching ailing, injured and aging animals to walk again.

Research interests or career goals

I was a practicing veterinarian sheltered within the confines of the metro, yet receiving a rabies case always remained a distinct possibility in my line of work. Because unlike most countries, wherein wild animals are the common vectors, rabies is a steadily worsening urban problem in the Philippines. That is what initially ignited my interest in the field of veterinary epidemiology. I was fascinated – and frustrated – by the half-hearted concern in stamping out even known sources of disease. My worries, coupled with the desire to pursue graduate studies after gaining enough experience, have collectively steered me toward a more specialized career. So after almost three years of clinic work, public health has remained my path of choice. I want to fix not just broken healthcare systems and policies, but also repair the misbelief that preventive medicine has not only failed people but is actively harming them and their animals. To minimize the spread of disease in a country that is turning its back on health policy is an uphill battle, one that I am more than willing to take on.

Why I chose the School/my course

By pursuing a Master’s degree in Veterinary Epidemiology in a renowned international setting such as the Royal Veterinary College & London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, I am seeking to develop the knowledge and necessary skills that I can bring back to my country so that I can push for research that will aid in eliminating infectious diseases on a mass scale. With a mix of knowledge from not just one but two among the most reputable research institutions in the world, I believe I can do just that.

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Sara Eloisa Rivera Molina

MSc Control of Infectious Diseases

Honduras

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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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Hyacinthe Mushumbamwiza

MSc Public Health for Development

Rwanda

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Educational/professional background

I am a Registered Pharmacist with experience of more than five years working with the non-governmental/ non-profit organizations at national and international level and I’m passionate about generating evidences through research to inform policy and decision makers. I’m a member of different international organizations and boards, as a young change maker I’ve attended many summits as delegate and as speaker. I am dedicated on public health and community development through non-profit organizations and social entrepreneurship. As a change maker I have a passion to contribute on Sustainable Equity Global Health.

Research interests or career goals

As a scientist I am fully aware of how long it can take to translate research into something available in a clinical setting and the fact that it sometimes never happens. I would like to pursue a career in which I can combine my entire academic and research experience and act as integrating agent to take science from the bench to the bedside in a very real way. I get a lot of personal satisfaction when my research results help someone and play a pivotal role in tackling health related problems to development. Therefore, my parallel area of interest has been the development of analysis that aid in the detection and policy making, which are easy to adapt in routine health system.

As a future career plan, I want to implement public health training through a research and advocacy that promotes and contributes to evidence-based health policy and health research systems in developing countries. The goal is to ensure the efficient utilization and application of knowledge to improve global health through research. I want to work with a multidisciplinary network of experts, research organizations, governments, NGOs and health institutions to promote the right to health and development by providing Strategic Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E), and the design & management of research projects.

Why I chose the School/my course

LSHTM is among the world-leading centres for research and postgraduate education. I want to benefit from its exceptional learning environment that fosters global citizenship, advances a civil and sustainable society, and supports outstanding research to serve public and global health. The uniqueness of LSHTM MSc Public Health for Development program being a practicum-based program, with a whole term devoted to a practicum with excellent placements, is the main reason for my interest in this program and this School.

I chose Public Health for Development because of how it blends formal teaching with peer learning among its students who have rich and diverse experiences in public health and learn from each other.

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Chloe Byers

MSc Public Health (General stream)

United Kingdom

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Educational/professional background

I graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2016 with a BA in Natural Sciences. I then did quite a mix of things, from both an events and then an analyst job at Cancer Research UK, to tutoring and volunteering in the research team of the Global Health 50/50 initiative, helping with a report on gender equality in global health.

Research interests or career goals

Infectious Disease Control. Mathematical Modelling of Disease.

Why I chose the School/my course

LSHTM just has a great reputation, and the amount of module choice on my course was what clinched it for me. There are also these Global Health Lecture Series talks on a Monday evening that anyone can come to, so I came to a few of those to get a feel for the school and really enjoyed them. I’d recommend anyone in London come to one of the evening talks, there’s always something on, and for people outside of London a lot of events are put up online.

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Hudson Mumbole

MSc Medical Statistics

Zambia

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Educational/professional background

I completed my undergraduate degree studies in Economics and Mathematics & Statistics from University of Zambia, in September 2017. Upon graduating on 20th December 2017, I started work at Zambia Revenue Authority as an Assistant Project Officer for eight months.

Research interests or career goals

Despite having studied economics at my undergraduate level my career goes has been to study and research in medical field. I look forward to build my career and research in medicine. Studying MSc Medical Statistics is a dream come true. In that now I have switched completely to my career goal of becoming a Biostatistician which is in medical field.

Why I chose the School/my course

I am a person who is interested in statistical trend of diseases, I chose this master’s degree in Medical Statistics to help me understand issues to do with analysis of medical data related to diseases. It will also enhance my academic understanding of Medical statistics at international level. I chose London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine because of its international presence, collaborative ethos, research excellence and prestigious study programmes in public and global health.

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Onyango Okech

MSc Public Health (Health Services Management)

South Sudan

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Educational/professional background

I am medical doctor by profession. However, due to my interest in public health, I also opted to get more exposure in the field by taking up job opportunities with humanitarian NGOs on integrated health and nutrition projects. I have worked as a clinician, nutrition focal person, monitoring and evaluation coordinator and health manager. I interacted with different agencies that funded most of our programs; UNHCR, UNICEF and OFDA-USA.

Research interests or career goals

I chose this stream because I have seen how poorly the health system in my country is being managed. My areas of research will mainly involve effective health services delivery, universal health services, health systems strengthening and effective health policies. My long-term career goals are research, academia, humanitarian work (medicine) and global health.

Why I chose the School/my course

LSHTM is a world leader in public health and I am keen in learning from the best. In some places, you get taught from books written by others but here, you are taught by the authors of the books themselves! Incredible!! The best researchers, the brains behind massive world changing researches are right here.

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Margaret Ho

MSc Public Health (General stream)

Hong Kong

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Educational/professional background

Intercalating medical student.

Research interests or career goals

Addressing the growing issue of ageing and its associated effects on the overall health and well-being of communities.

Why I chose the School/my course

As a medical student, I strongly believe that having a well-rounded view on the health of entire populations and understanding wider health determinants and behaviours are crucial for practice in a clinical setting. This sparked my interest to intercalate in public health. The field of public health — serving entire communities in dynamic environments — excites me; in a world where there are growing ageing-related health issues, I aspire to empower myself to take action, and where better to do it than at the thriving and diverse London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine?

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Muna Aden

MSc Control of Infectious Diseases

Kenya

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Educational/professional background

I completed my medical degree (MBCHB) at the University of Nairobi, Kenya. Previous to my studies at the School I worked as a clinician and community health doctor in my home country. My last role involved working on communicable diseases control programs and quality improvement programs as an in charge of a primary health facility in Nairobi.

Research interests or career goals

My research interests include studying ways to combat drug resistance to Malaria and HIV /AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa as well improving the health of marginalized communities and bridging the gap between preventive and curative services in East Africa. My career goals include working on the design of disease control programs in Africa and working as a researcher and lecturer.

Why I chose the School/my course

I chose to study at the LSHTM because of its global reputation and the diversity of its students and staff. I also like the practice of following up lectures with practicals in the School which helps consolidate new information. I chose the MSc Control of Infectious Diseases because communicable disease have a huge burden in Sub-Saharan Africa and because it is course that bridges public health and clinical medicine with a focus on the communicable diseases in both low and high income settings.

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Anna Scholes

MSc Demography & Health

United Kingdom

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Educational/professional background

I graduated with a B.A. (Hons) in Geography from the University of Nottingham in 2018. Within my degree, I undertook a year in industry, working for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs as a Social Researcher.

Research interests or career goals

Broadly, I’m interested in the macro-level determinants of healthcare access, including vaccine uptake and confidence, in relation to the sub-demographics (i.e. socio-economic status) of particular regions. I also have an interest in healthcare responses to urgent humanitarian crises. Due to my geographical background, I can’t shake my love of mapping and space. I’m therefore very interested in spatial epidemiology, and how we can utilise geography to better understand healthcare patterns and demographics. My career goals are as yet open-ended – I’m happy seeing where my course and interests take me over the coming year.

Why I chose the School/my course

I chose to study at LSHTM because of the worldwide reputation a qualification from this institution carries. I decided to study Demography & Health because, in such a rapidly growing and fluctuating world, understanding the implications of population change is becoming a more pressing matter than ever before. The macro and micro level health dynamics of population structures, and how they interplay, is a truly unique matter to study at such a high level.

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Tim Wong

MSc Tropical Medicine & International Health

Hong Kong

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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

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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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Giulia Seghezzo

MSc Epidemiology

USA

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Educational/professional background

I graduated from the University of Arizona in 2016 with a BSc in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science and a BA in Spanish and Portuguese. During my undergraduate I was a research assistant performing Parkinson’s disease research, which sparked my interest in public health. Upon graduation I spent two years teaching English in Spain.

Research interests or career goals

I am currently interested in infectious disease epidemiology in low-and middle-income settings. However my interests are expanding and changing during my time at LSHTM. In the future I wish to be able to gain fieldwork and research experience, with the possibility of later pursuing a PhD.

Why I chose the School/my course

The global reputation of LSHTM was a big influencing factor in choosing this school, aside from its ideal location. The school also welcomes a global community, giving me the opportunity to learn and study with faculty and students from around the world. Studying a master’s degree in London was the perfect choice for my interests in both global health and epidemiology.

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Enock Musungwini

MSc Public Health (General stream)

Zimbabwe

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Educational/professional background

I am a Health, Management and Development practitioner with a Masters in Business Administration, BSc (Hons) Psychology, Diploma in Nursing Science and Certificate in Health Leadership and Management. I have a combined 15 years experience in health and related areas including health insurance, HIV/AIDS, adolescent, sexual and reproductive health, research and training having worked with non-governmental organisations both local and international, Zimbabwe Ministry of Health and Child Care, health insurance companies and research organisations. I am a member of Royal Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Zimbabwe-SADC Parliamentary Forum Technical Committee on SRH, University of Johannesburg Africa Evidence Network Centre, Health Information For All (HIFA), Southern Africa Management Institute for Health Managers and Leaders, Zimbabwe Public Health Association. I have presented papers at National, Regional and International conferences on family planning, peer education, HIV/AIDS, adolescents and reproductive health and strategic health communication. I am a 2018-19 Chevening Scholar.

Research interests or career goals

My research and areas of interests include health governance, Universal Health coverage, health systems strengthening, health policy, adolescent reproductive health, health & human rights and disability. My career goals include influence health policy, capacity building of programmes for leaders and managers in health sector and de-medicalising public health working local health authorities, health regulatory bodies, Ministries of Health and international organisations.

Why I chose the School/my course

LSHTM has a strong presence in Africa including Zimbabwe which make the MSc programmes more relevant to me. LSHTM is a global leader in public health and tropical medicine carrying out cutting edge research supported by a multidisciplinary faculty and presence of students from all parts of the World. The multicultural and diversity at the School enriches students experience through sharing of experiences and cross pollination of ideas. The School has a global appeal and the diverse MSc programmes and specialisation streams ensure convergence of students with clinical and non-clinical backgrounds bound by public health.

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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

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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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Rytis Boreika

MSc Immunology of Infectious Diseases

Lithuania

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Educational/professional background

I graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biochemistry and Microbiology at The University of Sheffield in July 2018. During my baccalaureate I have worked as a research scientist and participated in a substantial amount of extra-curriculum activities such as enterprise management.

Research interests or career goals

I am interested in the regulation of innate immunity system, particularly, in the development of defence mechanisms against intracellular pathogens such as Mycobacterium tuberculosis. As this is where I am willing to improve my expertise in immunology, after graduating from LSHTM I am intending to pursue a PhD either in London or elsewhere.

Why I chose the School/my course

Becoming a member of LSHTM was my long-lasting dream because of its history, high reputation and school’s established connections with different organisations such as WHO. I choose the course as it contains a mixture of theoretical components including human cellular immunology, molecular biology and extended project where I could apply theoretical knowledge. Being taught by world-class experts in your area of interest and feeling the immersion of like-minded people motivates to deepen the understanding and broaden the horizons in immunology.

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Jeongeun Bak

MSc Epidemiology

Republic of Korea

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Educational/professional background

I graduated from the Australian National University in 2013 with a Bachelor of International Relations. After graduation, I initially started my career in the field of international trade. However, I gradually shifted my field of interest into global health powered by my continuous enthusiasm and desire to contribute to improving the status of global health. Before joining LSHTM, I worked at the International Vaccine Institute (IVI) for over 4 years working for various projects including Cholera and Typhoid vaccine development programs, vaccine cold chain development programs, a mass vaccination campaign, vaccine cost-effectiveness analysis projects, and so on to embody my passion for saving as many lives as possible from curable diseases in low-middle income countries.

Research interests or career goals

I am particularly interested in doing research on infectious diseases to profoundly study about disease outbreak, transmission, control, and prevention especially in low-middle income settings to be used as a reference by policy makers when developing necessary health policies in those countries. After completion of my study, I am hoping to apply my academic knowledge and research skills obtained throughout the course into a professional field to design and carry out my own study with a purpose of reducing the outbreak of infectious diseases world-wide.

Why I chose the School/my course

I had no doubt when choosing LSHTM for further studying Epidemiology due to its excellence of academic courses provided and its world-wide reputation. The School has since convinced me that I was right in my decision, and I look forward to bringing the knowledge and skills learned from LSHTM to the outside world.

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Madeline Liongson

MSc Public Health (Health Services Management)

USA

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Educational/professional background

I graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2015 with a Bachelors degree in Human Development and Family studies and a Minor in Psychology.

After graduating, I worked as a Research Coordinator for a private public health firm developing and evaluating evidence-based interventions designed to prevent problem high-risk behavior and promote health and well-being among adolescents. Additionally, I serve as the youngest board member for the American Red Cross, Metro New York North. In this role I work alongside a multidisciplinary team of professionals in the management of Volunteer and Youth initiatives.

Research interests or career goals

Mental Health Program Design and Evaluation. Geographic Information Systems. Campaign Management.

Why I chose the School/my course

I felt confident that LSHTM’s multinational student population and world renowned reputation for social science research would strengthen my ability to critically evaluate and communicate research evidence. By gaining exposure to multiple perspectives, I knew this learning environment would allow me to gain the knowledge and network necessary to put research into action and respond effectively to public health challenges.

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Mohamed Ali Ridha

MSc Medical Microbiology

United Kingdom / Tanzania

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Educational/professional background

I am currently an intercalating medical student from Plymouth University. I finished my 4th year and began the course.

Research interests or career goals

I am interested in surgery and looking for effective ways to reduce infection risk during procedures.

Why I chose the School/my course

I set my eye on the School during my first year of medicine, due to the excellent reputation for microbiology and global health, things I am interested in. In addition, intercalating a masters would help me get a better understanding of the subject.

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Hannah Gjertson

MSc Public Health (Health Economics)

USA

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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