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The MSc Health and International Development programme explores the key issues and inter-relationships that exist between public health, global politics, and international development. Many of the challenges faced by international development policy makers are related to public health issues, and this programme will provide you with the skills needed to address and overcome these challenges.
2:1 degree or equivalent in any discipline
The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) offers you the opportunity to study the social sciences in an institution with a worldwide academic reputation, while enjoying the cultural, social and recreational facilities of one of the world’s greatest capital cities.
I graduated from the University of San Francisco with a Bachelor's in Biology and minors in Chemistry, Heath Studies, and Neuroscience.
I am taking the MSc Health and International Development programme to expand my understanding of health. As someone who wants to become a physician, a majority of my education has been focused on science and the technical side of health.
The programme allows me to get outside of that box and learn about health on a more holistic level. What I enjoy most about this programme are the diverse lecture and class options in various disciplines and access to the Humanitarian Consultancy Project. As a new student, this programme has allowed me to quickly get hands on experiences in areas that interest me professionally and academically.
I am a mature student with a background in modern languages. I co-founded a consumer and cultural insight agency which I co-led for the best part of 20 years. My experience to date has been primarily in business, working with large multinational clients and co- leading an agency team of over 300 people. I decided to take a break from business and chose to undertake an MSc in Health and International Development for two reasons.
The first is the desire to study and develop a better understanding of the challenges of the developing world. The second is related to my role as a trustee of a recently formed charity working with adolescent girls. I wanted to become better informed about health and development issues in order to provide a higher level of strategic support.
I am enjoying the exposure to fresh perspectives on economic and human development and to the multi-faceted dimensions of health. I like to be challenged and intellectually stimulated and this is an environment which offers both. There is also a wealth of opportunities to attend lectures by eminent external speakers and to be inspired to develop personal interests and lines of enquiry which will culminate in a dissertation. There is considerable flexibility in course choices which allows for a master's tailored to you. I have been exploring everything from the legacy of colonialism, to the significance of the demographic transition to the future of the WHO and much more besides. It is going to be an enriching year.
I completed my MSc in Health and International Development in 2018. Two days later, I started my current role at Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) as Communications and Policy Officer. It's been both very interesting and validating to see the skills and knowledge I gained during the course being put into practical application – particularly those relating to non-communicable diseases (NCDs), demography and global disparities and barriers in access to health care. For example, when drafting reports, position and policy papers and participating in High-level UN meetings, I see my work directly contributing to the formulation of the policy I was studying just months before! The varied nature of the course allowed me to discover which areas I am most interested and help balance a heavy and varied workload in my current role. I can definitely say that the course helped me get this job and has informed my success within the role.
Since finishing my masters in Health and International Development at LSE I have taken up the position of Programme Officer for the Great Lakes region (DRC and Burundi) . Our programming focuses on improving education access and quality for the most marginalised children in the most hard to reach places using a community based approach. My masters was key in helping me get to grips with the complexities of working within the humanitarian and development sector.
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