Alex ZuckermannStudent | Austria, Canada
Global Health Policy by Distance LearningContact Alex Zuckermann
PhD in Biomedical Sciences (Royal Holloway University of London), currently working for the Public Health Agency of Canada as a Postdoctoral Fellow. I'm based at the University of Waterloo at the School of Public Health and Health Systems.
Research interests or career goals
My research focuses on substance use among youth, with a particular emphasis on cannabis, recreational use of which was recently legalised in Canada. Some of my work also looks at youth mental health and sexual health.
Why I chose LSHTM/my course
I knew I wanted to move into public and global health, and I knew I had much to learn, so I decided I wanted to get some sort of formal instruction. When I started looking for options for a part-time degree I could work towards alongside my job, I quickly realised that the traditional MPH didn't have the scope I was looking for. I wanted to get an overview of global processes shaping human health, and so a degree in Global Health Policy was the obvious choice. LSHTM is a well-known institution, and both the course content and the structure of the MSc appealed to me. The core modules covered all key aspects of global health, and there was a wide variety of elective modules to choose from, which meant I could focus on complementing my biological knowledge with new topics with which I was less familiar. I also liked that I could "exit" at two points, with either a certificate or a diploma, so should my circumstances change to the extent that I wouldn't be able to complete the MSc I would not have spent time and money without any kind of recognition to show for it.