Alumni Profile: D. Jules Millogo19 December 2022 London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine https://lshtm.ac.uk/themes/custom/lshtm/images/lshtm-logo-black.png
Current job title and organisation
Director, Public Health and Partnerships, Merck Vaccines
Can you please tell us a bit about your current work/research?
I serve as the Merck Liaison with the World Health Organization and represent Merck at WHO’s technical advisory committees for vaccine. I provide internal guidance on programmatic, and formulation needs of LMICs for Merck vaccine manufacturing, regulatory and medical affairs teams.
What course and year did you study at LSHTM?
Communicable Disease Epidemiology (1999-2000)
Why did you choose to study with LSHTM?
LSHTM has an excellent reputation for preparing students for public health management.
Did you have to overcome any challenges to study with us?
I came from a country in which French is the national language and I had to learn English to attend LSHTM. In addition, the costs were significantly greater than those in Burkina Faso and I was able to find a scholarship for funding.
What were your favourite memories from your studies with us?
The diversity of staff, students and thoughts provided a true international experience. The facilities were state of the art and the faculty was extremely knowledgeable and dedicated to the students.
How has your LSHTM degree helped you in your career?
It has opened opportunities for international public health positions that I would not have had otherwise. I was hired by the World Health Organization while still a student. I use the skills I learned at LSHTM to interact on the world stage.
What would you like to achieve in future?
I do and would like to continue using my LSHTM training to improve access to health care in LMICs, especially for regions and poor communities including Konkourona, Burkina Faso, where I was born.
Do you have any advice for students/recent graduates?
Stay connected with LSHTM alumni, and use the time with the school to diversify your perspective and experiences.
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