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What our Global Health students say

What our Global Health students say

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 Meet our Global Health students and find out about their experiences of the course.

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Ibrahim Hamami

Current BSMS student Ibrahim Hamami discusses his intercalated degree in Global Health, the benefits of doing it and his favourite modules so far.  

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Clare Phillips

"I studied the Global Health MSc part-time over two years, alongside my job as a nurse in the NHS. I really enjoyed the varied content of the course which gave me a good grounding in global health and complimented my clinical work with marginalised communities in the UK. Above all the MSc ignited an interest in research I hadn’t realised I had! My research project was based in Oromia, Western Ethiopia where my study focused on podoconiosis and its impact on caregivers. The findings were published earlier this year and I have subsequently had the opportunity to present my data at several conferences. The MSc and the fantastic support I’ve had from the global health team has been instrumental in shaping my (fledgling!) research career." 

Clare Phillips, MSc in Global Health, 2017-2018

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Calum Barnes 

"The BSMS MSc in Global Health has been an excellent and enriching course helping me to develop personally and providing me with a broad and strong knowledge base and numerous opportunities and contacts. I hope to pursue both an academic and practical interest in health equity and social justice which this course has made possible. Without the BSMS Global Health scholarship I would not have been able to study the course so count myself very lucky that BSMS offers it.”

Calum Barnes, MSc in Global Health, 2017-2018

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Leah Salm

Alumna Leah Salm shares her views on the course and how it helped her with her current role in Washington, D.C.





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Renee Donner  

"As an international student, receiving the Global Health Scholarship has given me the financial flexibility to take advantage of the many learning opportunities outside of regular course work including seminars at the renowned Institute of Development Studies, Centre for Global Health Policy and Global Health Conferences at universities throughout the country. The staff encourage discussion, facilitate learning, and are always willing to help outside of lectures. I can honestly say I have learned so much more than I ever expected and now understand how to critically evaluate health from multiple perspectives."

Renee Donner, MSc Global Health 2016-2017

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Tamara Mulenga

"During the course I particularly enjoyed being taught by people who had done the work in real life, and being able to discuss the issues with people from different backgrounds. As an undergraduate medicine student, doing the MSc in Global Health helped me get a place on the Global Health Corps Fellowship where I worked for a Public Health research organisation in Zambia. I then went on to complete an international fellowship in Global Health and returned to complete my medicine degree."

Tamara Mulenga, MSc in Global Health, 2015-2016

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Dilan Joshi

BSMS student Dilan Joshi discusses his MSc degree in Global Health in 2013-14.


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Laura Ciaccio

Laura Ciaccio, BSMS alumni on our Global Health MSc in 2013-2014, discusses her memories of the course, what she enjoyed most, and how this helped prepare her for her current role of Research Associate at the Center for Outcomes Research & Evaluation (CORE), Yale School of Medicine, USA.


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Smruti Varothayasingham 

Postgraduate student Smruti Varothayasingham talks about her MSc in Global Health, 2012-2013.


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Marta Fernandez-Arias 

"Completing the MSc in Global Health made my career change possible. I had been particularly interested in global health for a long time, and I’d always known I wanted to work in the development or humanitarian sectors, but I didn’t really know where to start. My masters at BSMS made it possible for me to shift my career in that direction and start working on what I really enjoy."

Marta Fernandez-Arias, MSc Global Health 2011- 2012 

International student Marta Fernandez-Arias worked as a pharmacist before starting her MSc in Global Health at BSMS. After graduating in 2012, she worked with the American Refuge Committee (ARC) in South Sudan and is now currently working as a Health Delegate for Spanish Red Cross.

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Patrick Saunders-Hastings 

“The MSc in Global Health program gave me a solid understanding of the social determinants of health and the effects of resource constraint on policy and program options. I had the opportunity to work on practical and relevant research projects, which increased my visibility in a network of academic and public health practitioners. Coming out of this program, I was accepted into a PhD program in population health at the University of Ottawa. The lessons learned and contacts made during the MSc program have proven essential in supporting my later research efforts.”

Patrick Saunders Hastings, Msc Global Health, 2011-2012 

Prior to joining the MSc, Patrick was completing a BSc in Biology from Queen’s University in Canada. After graduating in 2012. Since graduating from the MSc, I have gone on to complete my PhD in the Population Health program at the University of Ottawa.