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Lowri Davies

MSc Reproductive & Sexual Health Research

Belgium

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

Educational/professional background

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

Research interests or career goals

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

Why I chose the School/my course

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

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Anubhav Nangia

MSc Public Health (Health Economics)

India

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

Educational/professional background

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

Research interests or career goals

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

Why I chose the School/my course

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

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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

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

Educational/professional background

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

Research interests or career goals

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

Why I chose the School/my course

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

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Sophie Hardy

MSc Nutrition for Global Health

France

Educational/professional background Intercalating ... Read More

Educational/professional background

Intercalating Medical Student from Brighton and Sussex Medical School.

Research interests or career goals

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

Why I chose the School/my course

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

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Kelvin Mokaya Abuga

MSc Immunology of Infectious Diseases

Kenya

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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

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

Educational/professional background

I am a science journalist from Germany 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 used to take 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. Now, I work as a senior editor at Science Media Center Germany. I graduated in science journalism after studying in Germany and France. I study 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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Denise Karen Ndlovu

MSc Nutrition for Global Health

United Kingdom

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(Alumna)

Educational/professional background

I am a registered associate nutritionist, graduating from London Metropolitan University with a BSc in Human Nutrition. I currently work for a catering and hospitality company.

Research interests or career goals

I have a wide range of interests including nutritional science, nutrigenetics, health policy, the wider determinants of health, agriculture, psychology and maternal and child nutrition. After my studies I hope to work for local governmental organisations or an NGO in community-based interventions using the knowledge and skills I have acquired to reduce gaps in health inequalities.

Why I chose the School/my course

The School is a leader in ground-breaking research with excellent staff. Choosing to come to the School was an easy decision for me. From the very first day I felt welcomed, encouraged and motivated and still those feelings have never wavered. The Nutrition for Global Health course, although with its challenges, has opened up many opportunities for me to develop academically and professionally in this world of public health.

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Nalin Dhillon

MSc Demography & Health

Canada

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(Alumnus)

Educational/professional background

I graduated from the University of Victoria (Victoria, Canada) in April, 2017 with my BSc Honours Geography.  I also did three terms of Co-op as part of my degree, two of which involved me working with the Canadian Hydrographic Service as a geomatics technician, and the third as a lab assistant in a Natural Resources Canada petrophysics lab.  I started the geography program in first-year purely out of interest, and particularly came to enjoy GIS and environmental health/medical geographies in my final years.  My honours thesis focussed on exploring ischemic heart disease trends in South Asian populations, especially within Surrey, Canada.  I have always enjoyed school and academics, thus a graduate degree following my undergraduate degree seemed like the natural choice.

Research interests or career goals

My research interests primarily lie with spatial/environmental epidemiology.  I am fascinated by the immense power of GIS, and though I have only a basic background, I am always trying to learn more!  I enjoy learning about the spatial and temporal distributions of chronic diseases, as well as how they impact populations across varying sociodemographic levels.  I hope to work in population health research/modelling/planning back in Canada, with a long-term goal of entering medical school to complement my research degree with a clinical education.

Why I chose the School/my course

LSHTM is one of the best health research institutions in the world, and thus far, it has not disappointed!  Two of my undergraduate professors recommended LSHTM, and after doing some of my own quick research, I quickly ranked it as my first choice.  I was interested in a practical MSc, which would teach me how to apply research skills, and design my own studies, as well as provide me with a better quantitative skillset.  Demography & Health was my first choice as it has a population health focus—once a geographer, always a geographer!

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Katherine Lowe

MSc Epidemiology

USA

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(Alumna)

Educational/professional background

My background is a little unconventional for the field of epidemiology. I graduated from Tufts University (MA, USA) in 2014 with an undergraduate degree in geological sciences. I then started a graduate program in structural geology and tectonics at the University of Michigan. My primary goal was to develop a better way to predict hill-slope scale strength using earthquake induced landslides, with a long-term goal of improving hazard modelling and disaster response after earthquakes. During my time at the University of Michigan, I realized my true interests lay in the field of medicine, and decided to switch careers. I left my graduate program for a research coordinator position with COPDGene, a large genetic epidemiology study of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Research interests or career goals

After I complete my degree at LSHTM, I plan to return to the United States to apply to medical school. My goal is to become a physician-researcher, potentially focusing on either the epidemiology of chronic diseases or on environmental epidemiology (to tie in my background in earth science).

Why I chose the School/my course

While working on the COPDGene study, I had a chance to work on some data analysis looking at the impact of income on disease progression. I quickly realized that I needed a more specialized skill set to correctly and independently analyse my data. I also wanted the educational background to design my own studies in the future, and decided to go back to school to get a degree in epidemiology. I chose LSHTM because of it’s strong international reputation, the diverse student body, and the location.

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Amber Tickle

MSc Public Health (Health Promotion)

Australia / United Kingdom

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(Alumna)

Educational/professional background

I am a Medical Doctor with over 8 years of clinical experience in Australia/UK. I trained at University College London (UCL) for my undergraduate medical degree. I have trained in Surgery, Emergency Medicine and briefly in rotations of Paediatrics and Palliative Care, but my passion I believe has been trending towards Public Health for the last couple of years.

Research interests or career goals

I wish to become a Public Health Physician in the UK and/or Australia, and I would love to utilise my above experience in the different medical fields I have been honoured to have had exposure to.

Why I chose the School/my course

I was born and essentially grew up in central London, and then did my undergraduate degree at UCL. I have not only walked past this prestigious institution about a thousand times and felt the need to feed my curiosity, but have also heard through the media, friends, and my professional work what a fantastic place the School is to study! I have chosen MSc Public Health as my course degree as it will enable me to understand the key elements required in the Public Health career that I wish to pursue, acquire important and necessary skills, and try make a change (albeit likely small) to the crazy world that we live in today!

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Suraj Bhattarai

MSc Tropical Medicine & International Health

Nepal

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(Alumnus)

Educational/professional background

I obtained my medial degree from B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences in 2012 and received certification from Nepal Medical Council (NMC) and Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG, USA). Following graduation, I worked as Primary Care Physician and Paediatrics Medical Officer in resource-limited settings. In 2014, I moved to the USA and gained clinical/research experience in paediatrics and neurology at Cleveland Clinic (Ohio) and Texas Medical Center (Houston). Just before coming to the LSHTM, I was working as a Clinical research fellow at the Department of Paediatrics in Patan Hospital, Kathmandu where I was involved in several studies sponsored by the University of Oxford (Oxford Vaccine Group)- Invasive bacterial diseases, pneumococcal carriage, and PCV vaccine impacts among Nepalese children.

Research interests or career goals

Immediately after graduation, I hope to get involved in novel research projects and continue research in Infectious diseases, particularly vaccine preventable diseases. In a long run, I want to become an accomplished physician scientist with a hope to balance time for clinics, research, and academia.

Why I chose the School/my course

My course is a perfect blend of clinical medicine, research, and global public health learning. I feel glad to have already received my Diploma in Tropical Medicine (2017). I hope, further training under the Masters course will help me gain new skills necessary for any physician researcher passionate about bringing changes and making impact on the health and living of underprivileged communities globally.

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Suzy Landon

MSc Public Health (Health Services Research)

USA

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(Alumna)

Educational/professional background

I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2017 with a B.A. in Health and Societies, an interdisciplinary health care major. Throughout my undergraduate studies, I worked on patient experience projects in General Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital and in Clinical Quality Improvement at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Research interests or career goals

I intend to pursue a career in pediatrics and health services research.

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 (Health Services Research) 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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Mariken de Wit

MSc Epidemiology

The Netherlands

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(Alumna)

Educational/professional background

I graduated with a BSc in Biomedical Sciences from Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. During the final year of my undergraduate I had the opportunity to do an extended research internship partly in Nijmegen, partly at the Pasteur Institute in Paris. I looked into dynamics of transmission-blocking immunity to malaria which involved both lab-based work as well as more epidemiological work.

Research interests or career goals

My main interest is in infectious disease epidemiology in low-income settings. I am interested in how diseases spread and why this is different across various regions. Next year I hope to be able to do some field work in developing countries to gain more experience in that area of work. I am also planning on doing a PhD after I have gained some more work experience.

Why I chose the School/my course

As I am interested in infectious disease epidemiology I felt like there is no better place to do a Masters than at LSHTM. They have an excellent reputation in public health research and have a very global perspective on health. In order to be well equipped for a career in health research, which becomes increasingly data-driven, I wanted to further develop my quantitative research skills. Therefore I decided that the Epidemiology programme would be the best choice for me.

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Lizna A. Makhani

MSc Health Policy, Planning & Financing

USA

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(Alumna)

Educational/professional background

I graduated from Trinity University in 2013 with a BSc in Neuroscience. After graduation, I spent time in the rural villages of Morocco as a health and education volunteer setting up health clinics and teaching children English. My experience then led me to work with the US Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, DC on a range of projects from suicide prevention, climate change and mental health to outreach for the affordable care act. Most recently, I worked as a management consultant at Deloitte advising multi-national financial institutions on financial and regulatory reporting processes.

Research interests or career goals

My research interest areas include: Conflict, forced migration, mental health, health systems strengthening and health care financing. After attaining an MSc, I intend to use the tools I have acquired by working with government agencies or international organizations in low and middle-income countries.

Why I chose the School/my course

The MSc Health Policy, Planning & Financing program is a joint program between the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the London School of Economics offering an excellent education from two prominent institutions in London. Attending a graduate program in London would allow me to gain multiple perspectives from a diverse, multi-national student body and learn from my peers’ experiences. Furthermore, this program allows me to marry my interest in global health and background in financial services to learn about health financing mechanisms in low and middle-income countries.

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Lauren Blacker

MSc Nutrition for Global Health

USA

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(Alumna)

Educational/professional background

I graduated from Cornell University in 2017 with a BA in Biology & Society and Minors in Music and Global Health. While at Cornell, I was a research assistant in a maternal and child health and nutrition group, where I focused on the association between maternal depression, and household food insecurity and gender inequity in rural Tanzania. I also spent two months in Zambia working with the Southern African Institute for Policy and Research and CARE-International Zambia on a project involving CARE-International Zambia’s Nutrition at the Centre programme and the Care Group Model.

Research interests or career goals

Although there is much to focus on in nutrition, I am primarily interested in maternal and child health and nutrition, especially breastfeeding and complementary feeding patterns and dietary diversity. I hope to work with an NGO upon graduation and use my nutrition knowledge to contribute to ongoing research and interventions in those organisations.

Why I chose the School/my course

The School is one of the leading institutions in global health, and given my interests in nutrition and global health, both the School and my programme were an ideal fit. In addition, the School offers a fantastic opportunity to learn from a large international community. It’s incredible to be surrounded by a student body and faculty like this.

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Charles Chineme Nwobu

MSc Public Health for Development

Ghana

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(Alumnus)

Educational/professional background

A Medical Practitioner with a special interest and experience working in maternal and child health. I also lead the Ghana branch as the Medical and Program Director of an international organization called Child Family Health International, currently involved in global health education, public health projects, institutional and community empowerment and advocacy. I trained at University of Ghana Medical School, and Korle Bu teaching Hospital Accra, with experience working at other public hospitals such as the 37 Military UN Level IV hospital and the Princess Marie Children’s Hospital and other leading private institutions such as the Trust Mother and Child Hospital, Accra, Ghana.

I have a diverse international experience as a youth leader in a global health organization called the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA), highly recognized by both the United Nations and the World Health Organization, with involvement in Public Health, Human rights, and sustainability. I was appointed the Regional Support for Africa for one of IFMSA’s largest initiative which involved sensitization on the issues of climate change and other areas centered on sustainable development and also grew to became part of the elected officials in IFMSA as the Regional Coordinator for Africa successfully for two terms and then becoming the Director of the Alumni Support Division for another term.

Also, I am part and have been involved in significant platforms organizations such as the Junior Doctors Network of the World Medical Organization (WMA), Consortium of Universities of Global Health (CUGH) and Africa Youth Movement (AYM).

Research interests or career goals

Interested in research, both quantitative and qualitative related to maternal and child health, youth, behavioural change and social determinants of health in these groups. My career goal is simply to continue to grow as a leader, making a significant difference globally in the work I do, and also to work together with like-minded individuals in out-come oriented initiatives which yield positive results that contribute immensely to public and global health

Why I chose the School/my course

I chose LSHTM, for various reasons. Firstly, because it is one of the leading tertiary institutions in public and global health not just in the UK and Europe, but in the world. Secondly, because of its role it plays research and so many global health initiatives and because of the awesome network of people who I know personally who finished from the institution.

I chose my course because it provided me the opportunity to explore my interests and field and the opportunity to blend and bond with a team of individuals from diverse experiences but similar interests.

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Esin Nkereuwem

MSc Public Health for Development

Nigeria

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(Alumnus)

Educational/professional background

I graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree from University of Calabar, Nigeria in June 2008. I did a post-graduate training in Paediatrics from 2011 to 2017 at the Jos University Teaching Hospital, Jos, Nigeria.

Research interests or career goals

I have previously worked on rheumatic heart disease projects in African children. My research interests include epidemiological studies in child health, with particular interest in childhood acquired heart diseases in the tropics.

Why I chose the School/my course

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine was a natural choice for me because of its reputation for excellence and world class tutelage.

I chose Public Health for Development because of its unique course structure, and the fact that it attracts a mix of the best candidates with extremely rich professional backgrounds and first-hand experience on the field.

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Jane Ferma

MSc Epidemiology

United Kingdom

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(Alumna)

Educational/professional background

I graduated from St George’s University of London in 2015 with a BSc in Biomedical Science. Here, I had the opportunity to work for a charity called Students for Kids International Projects; I worked in Kenya in collaboration with a partner NGO to research school absenteeism amongst girls. I also graduated from UCL in 2017 with an MSc in Global Health Development. Here, I worked in the Public Health Department at Haringey Council as a Healthy Child Programme Officer. I implemented interventions to improve the quality of life amongst children and adolescents.

Research interests or career goals

Currently, I am working as a freelance consultant for a global health charity, and I hope to join a Management Consulting firm post-MSc. I desire to gain a PhD after further work experience; my interest lies in Sexual Health, notably amongst Sex Workers and Menstrual Hygiene Management.

Why I chose the School/my course

LSHTM has a world-renowned reputation for research and facilities. The impact LSHTM has made globally is phenomenal. This excited me and gave me the confidence that the support and facilities available would ensure that I succeed and reach my academic potential. I believe studying at LSHTM ensures that I am perfectly equipped to work in the Global Health field.

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Michalina Anna Drejza

MSc Reproductive & Sexual Health Research

Poland

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Educational/professional background

I am a young Medical Doctor from Poland with an extensive experience in global sexual and reproductive health advocacy and research. Former intern in the Human Reproduction Team at the WHO Department of Reproductive Health and Research. Have been involved in International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations, International Youth Alliance for Family Planning, Adolescent and Youth Constituency of the Partnership of Maternal, Newborn and Child Health and other youth global constituencies.

Research interests or career goals

My goal is to combine my clinical and research experience in paediatric and adolescent gynaecology with work on policy and advocacy for adolescent and youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services. I believe that adolescent girls and young women can truly achieve their full potential if they are healthy and empowered to make decisions about their bodies. My research interests are sexual and reproductive health and rights as well as meaningful youth participation in global spaces.

Why I chose the School/my course

The Reproductive & Sexual Health Research programme is very exceptional giving the students extensive research skills training with global health insight. I decided to study at the LSHTM because it is one of the best public health schools in the world. I am absolutely in love with the modules, every conversation with the tutors and mentors is a spark for new ideas!

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Yassen Tcholakov

MSc Public Health (Health Economics)

Canada / Bulgaria

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(Alumnus)

Educational/professional background

Medical Doctor in Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency. I have completed a Master of International Health at the University of Copenhagen (Denmark) and a Medical Doctorate at the University of Montreal (Canada), and I am currently the chief resident in Public Health and Preventive Medicine McGill University (Canada). Apart from my clinical work and training, I have worked with several organizations including the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA), the World Medical Association (WMA), the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH), and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Research interests or career goals

I have a variety of public and global health interests: I have been involved in public health and global health education: working on curriculum development with a few medical faculties in Canada, I have worked on issues relating to Sustainable development and climate change with a number of NGOs and I have done research in the field of trade agreements and health, health equity, access to care for vulnerable population.

Why I chose the School/my course

The School brings together a great roster of faculty, it is extremely well positioned considering my interest in global health, and it has a wide variety of classes and specializations which allowed me to design a course load which specifically meets my training needs.

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Prima Alam

PhD Public Health and Policy

United Kingdom

Educational/professional background MSc in Reproductive ... Read More

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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Olanrewaju Edun

MSc Control of Infectious Diseases

Nigeria

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Educational/professional background

I have a medical degree (MBBS) from Igbinedion University in Nigeria and I have worked for over 3 years in clinical practice in both urban and rural areas in Nigeria. My most recent role before coming for my MSc was working as a Technical Associate with the AIDS Prevention Initiative in Nigeria to help achieve the UNAIDS 90-90-90 target at the country level.

Research interests or career goals

Research interests include studying ways to improve HIV care in adolescents and working on reducing the impact of latent TB infection in HIV positive individuals through improved prophylactic uptake. Career goals include providing assistance to disease control programs in developing countries and putting to optimal use skills learnt at the London School.

Why I chose the School/my course

I chose the School because of its global reach and wealth of international experience in numerous disease control programs and I love the Control of Infectious Disease programme because of its multidisciplinary blend of public health, laboratory sciences and epidemiology which is an essential mix to effectively tackle infectious diseases globally.

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Sally Hayward

MSc Public Health (General stream)

United Kingdom

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(Alumna)

Educational/professional background

I graduated from the University of Oxford in 2017 with a BA in Human Sciences, an interdisciplinary course that integrates the biological and the social. During the summer, I spent time working at the Public Health department at Surrey County Council, which confirmed my decision to study a Master’s degree in Public Health.

Research interests or career goals

I am interested in how the biological and the social interact to affect population health, especially the complex pathways between social disadvantage and adverse health outcomes.

Why I chose the School/my course

Before applying, any tutors or health professionals who I asked about where to apply assured me that the School is the place to study Public Health. Since arriving, I have really enjoyed being part of a community of so many enthusiastic fellow students and researchers with similar interests to me.

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Elisabeth Waller

MSc Medical Microbiology

United Kingdom

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(Alumna)

Educational/professional background

After obtaining my French Baccalaureate (Scientifique) in London, I studied my undergraduate degree at the University of Durham in Biomedical Science before applying for my MSc at the School.

Research interests or career goals

I’m hoping to pursue a career in Clinical Virology, with a specific interest into how viruses module our immune systems to initiate/maintain infection and how we can use this knowledge to treat viral infections more effectively.

Why I chose the School/my course

Studying at the School has been a childhood dream of mine, and I remember how annoyed I was when I found out it was a postgraduate only school! As my passion is viruses, I wanted a degree that would no only foster my lab skills but also encourage me to think around my topic of interest. Medical Microbiology seem to offer the ability to personalise my degree by letting me choose core Virology modules but still have the freedom to purse other topics of interest, like Clinical Immunology. But it was the amount of lab based skills this degree offered which truly swayed my opinion – no other MSc offers this much learning in a lab based setting, meaning you’re applying straight away what you learn!

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Annika Tamme

MSc Reproductive & Sexual Health Research

Estonia

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(Alumna)

Educational/professional background

I graduated with a degree in Psychology last spring. During my studies I have been active in developing my knowledge in the areas of sexual health and relationships trough being a part of the Estonian Sexual Health Association as well as a trainer for the Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program. I have also tried to visit as many conferences on the topic as was possible.

Research interests or career goals

After finishing my degree I plan on returning to Estonia and pursuing a PhD in Psychology.

Why I chose the School/my course

Sexual health has been an interest of mine for years now and the MSc Reproductive & Sexual Health Research has enabled me to not only specialize in my area of interest but also develop my skills as a researcher. The fact that the School unites people from a variety of different countries and professions provides for a perfect ground to learn as much as possible.

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Po-Chang Tseng

MSc Global Mental Health

Taiwan

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(Alumnus)

Educational/professional background

I am a Taiwanese doctor. I obtained Doctor of Medicine from Kaohsiung Medical University and Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. I participated in the health care at Mae Tao Clinic for the refugees and displaced people on Thailand-Burma Border. I am also part of the health team of a Taiwanese NGO, ‘Glocal Action’, assisting migrant and aboriginal communities on the border. When working for Taiwan Medical Mission in Burkina Faso, I ran a programme for reduction of stigma and discrimination against persons with epilepsy. I aim to be a psychiatrist supporting the well-being of marginalised populations.

Research interests or career goals

My research interests lie in mental health care for neglected tropical diseases and conflict-affected settings.

Why I chose the School/my course

The MSc Global Mental Health programme offers me great opportunities to explore mental health issues in different regions and meet excellent mental health workers from diverse backgrounds.

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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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Orlagh Carroll

MSc Medical Statistics

Ireland

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Educational/professional background

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

Research interests or career goals

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

Why I chose the School/my course

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

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

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

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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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Innocent Muleya

MSc Tropical Medicine & International Health

Zimbabwe

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(Alumnus)

Educational/professional background

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

Research interests or career goals

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

Why I chose the School/my course

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

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