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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 (General stream)

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/my course

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

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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

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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 Economics)

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

Educational/professional background I graduated as an ... Read More

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

Educational/professional background A Trinity College ... Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Educational/professional background

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

Research interests or career goals

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

Why I chose the School/my course

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

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Hyacinthe Mushumbamwiza

MSc Public Health for Development

Rwanda

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

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

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

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

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

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

Educational/professional background Intercalating ... Read More

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

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

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

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

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

Educational/professional background Bachelor of ... Read More

Educational/professional background

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

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

Research interests or career goals

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

Why I chose the School/my course

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

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Alicia Showering

MSc Epidemiology

United Kingdom

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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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