Institute for Global Health


GHD Postgraduate testimonials

Hear from some of the students who have completed their MSc course in Global Health and Development

Damon's story

Read a blog by former Global Health and Development MSc student Damon Mohebbi.  Damon describes his recent visit to Bangladesh, where he spent time with our research and clinical partners.

Barbara's story

Barbara Citarella was supported by the IGH to attend the International Diplomacy Forum in Bangkok in July 2019. Here, Barbara tells us about her experiences at the forum.

Justine's story

Justine Gosling, a graduate of our 2018-19 cohort, wrote an article for The Daily Telegraph about her experiences.  You can read the article by visiting the Telegraph's website, or read the PDF version here:

Gerard's story

Gerard Abou Jaoude completed his Masters with us in 2016.  In this short video, Gerard reflects on the course and tells us what he has been doing since.

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Beryl's story 
MSc student Beryl

My name is Beryl Ojwang. My undergraduate degree was Bsc. Environmental Health and I am a Public Health officer in Kenya. When I got admission to study Msc. Global Health and Development at UCL, I got excited, but it only lasted a short while. Reality checked that I could afford the tuition fees and living expenses in London. I got depressed for one week but at the back of my mind, I had to try out different avenues of sourcing for funds. Scholarship application was one of them. I applied for several scholarships in different organizations. I got negative feedback, I did not give up until I got a positive response from African Graduate Scholarship (AGS).

African Graduate Scholarship came at the right time when I had given up. I wouldn’t have made it to UCL without AGS. It provided for full scholarship in collaboration with International Students House (ISH) which made London a living paradise.

The Msc. Global Health and Development programme was almost new to me as I was working in a bank. Coming to a new environment, weather change, time zone difference, leaving my family behind was challenging but I adjusted so easily with my fellow peers. The classes were intense, interactive and mind blowing. I got to learn how to critique my thoughts and ideas, how to improve my writing skills and most importantly how to improve on my communication skills. My communication skills have greatly improved due to the many presentations we had in our modules. I can freely make a thirty minutes presentation thanks to the programme.

The modules were a bit flexible and intense in terms of assessment. Most of the modules reflected the things happening in Africa. I could relate to the problems we are facing in Sub Saharan Africa and the possible interventions to solve them. That was my main motivation in my dissertation to focus on HIV self-testing in Sub Saharan Africa to increase HIV awareness and testing in Sub Saharan Africa. One outstanding thing I have learnt and adopted from the master’s programme is the reading culture. I was accustomed to reading up to late into the nights sometimes until early morning. I have carried the reading culture with me even in the outside world.

After completion of my Masters, I have gone back to Kenya to reflect on my future. My focus is on health research. I would like to employ the skills I learnt in Quantitative and Qualitative modules on the ground. I would like to be involved in health surveys and studies. I would like to increase my knowledge on data analysis, report writing and presenting my findings to different stakeholders. I would like to be a Consultant in health research and development. After getting experience on the ground and knowing which area of research I am interested in, I will apply for PhD in Population Health.

Lastly, I would like to give my gratitude to all the teaching staff and coordinators of Institute for Global Health, for the impact of knowledge and skills in the Global health field. I would like to thank my sponsors African Graduate Scholarship and International Students House, I would not have completed my studies without your generous contribution. Finally, I give gratitude to all Global Health scholars, it was an interesting class with great minds. The professional and social network I made from the class of 2018 was impeccable. 

Echezona Udokanma's story 
MSc student Echezona

As an African Graduate Scholar, my attraction to UCL, MSc Global Health and Development can first be attributed to the multiplicity of scholarships for the programme. Additionally, the research centred teaching of the course contributes practical examples which enhances learning.

Amongst other modules, this is explicit in Health Systems in a Global Context and Perinatal Epidemiology and Child Health. Teachings were made irresistible through the attraction of professionals from International Organizations, renowned researchers and teachers from other reputable Universities.  Also, the relational nature of staff and availability of personal tutors is exceptional. It is amazing how despite the task multiplicity, the staff are ever ready to give students listening ears and offer solution to our diverse challenges.

The organization of various seminars and conferences for the programme gave me opportunities to network with professionals from diverse International Organizations, consequently, honed my networking skills. Specifically, whilst still in the programme, my first interview and job offer with an International Organization came through networking with the International President of Population Council after speaking in one of the conferences.  

As an aspiring researcher who is enthusiastic to contribute to improved health outcomes in Nigeria, I am specifically elated to have contributed to the strengthening of Nigeria’s health system through my dissertation. The posited interventions from this dissertation which focused on interventions for improving healthcare provider performance in managing childhood pneumonia are now implemented in Nigeria. This was made possible by the unmatched capacity of GHD researchers to collaborate and secure grants for health interventions in diverse developing nations.