5: Public Health
Public Health The course at the London School is unique because of the breadth of students coming from all over the world and the range of experience they bring to it. The teaching modules are very diverse, it gives people a very strong grounding while allowing them to look at their own specialist interests in some depth.
The first term gives a very broad grounding that everybody gets, in health economics and basic statistics, epidemiology, and social research, after students can specialize in one of six streams, so they get an MSc with a very strong flavor of a particular stream, for example, health promotion or health service management or research. And within those streams, they also get more opportunities to look at individual topics as well. With the streams that the students are able to take, you don’t need to select that before you apply for the course.
Some students do, but even if you do apply with a particular stream in mind, once you arrive at the school and you see the modules in the other streams on offer and the style of the teaching, you can change your mind and opt into a different stream. And your final stream choice has to be made towards the end of the first term usually in late November.
I chose to take the general stream as it was strongly recommended to me as a part of my studies in Portugal as a medical resident in public health. It is the one that prepares you best for the challenges you have to take as a professional in the future but after being here and studying it I think I would have chosen it anyway because it gives me a broader perspective of what public health can be like.
In my case, I went on to do the health services management stream, and so in order to take that stream, I had to select certain courses in thatSo I went into health services and I also took an elective course in environmental health. In the course of term 2, you are also working towards preparing your project report which is a three-month independent piece of research that you do as kind of I love being a course director for Public Health.
It puts me in touch with lots of very enthusiastic people with a huge amount of knowledge and skill who are committed to improving global health. So I love it because I learn as much as I get to teach. The staff at the School are very pleased to talk to the students and are very approachable if the student wants to talk about their own particular research that they’re interested orthe research that the academics are doing themselves.
We also have a range of seminars outside of the main lecturers, for example, one evening a week, we have a global health lecture series and we’ll also have researchers coming from all over the world to present their research in public seminars at lunchtime or in the evenings. The teachers are very engaged in what they are doing beyond class. love psychic
During class, of course, the relationship is very close and it’s very good, but also I think what was very important, was what was going beyond class, so having the feeling that while I’m back home studying, I can always email my teacher and I’m going to get an answer on the same day about my questions or about think the teaching at the School is really good because there are lecturers who have a really great reputation you get to see them in their element.
when they’re teaching to a huge group of people and sharing their expertise, but then you’ve got the smaller seminar groups where you can talk to people on a more one to one basis and ask specific questions to clarify things. There was a very nice feeling that the teachers were working in collaboration with you rather than just telling you what to do, and they respected people’s backgrounds and think the London School has one of the best environments for teachers and students to work together in the sense that a lot in my class students openly speak out against ideas or concepts presented by professors if they disagree with them and in a way, it really opens up great dialogue.
The summer process is an important element of the course. It’s an integrating module within the course or integrating element, that enables the student to draw on both their prior experience but particularly all of the studies that they have done across the Masters and to include all of those in an integrating project of 8,000 words to demonstrate what they’ve learned.
Apply that knowledge to a particular situation summer project was on access to sexual health services for trafficked women in the UK and that mainly started with a literature review, but also some transcripts of qualitative interviews, so I think I got a good mix of different methods of research, which has actually proved quite useful since then.
My summer project will be about analyzing secondary data so I’ll be doing it with ProfessorMartin McKee as a supervisor and I’ll be looking at the impact of the financial crisis in the UK on the purchase of unhealthy foods and also alcohol. Public health is about people it’s not just about diseases and we require a very wide, diverse group of people to deal with the problems of public health.
Since leaving the varsity I’ve got employment as a Policy Adviser at cancer research UK and that I used my experience during the master’s to speak about health policy and research, both of these are incredibly useful in my new job. I feel I definitely made the proper choice in coming here. I’m strongly considering returning to the varsity to try and do a Ph.D. in two years because the experience here during the Master’s was amazing. I might absolutely recommend this course to people. I’ve met people from everywhere the globe, professors that have applied experience within the field and it’s just an excellent learning environment all around. It just feels professional which is great for an educational institution.