Kimberly EdwardsStudent | United States of America
MSc One Health: ecosystems, humans and animalsContact Kimberly Edwards
Prior to beginning my MSc I worked as a laboratory technician, a data analyst, and database manager for a network of virology labs that study the ecology of influenza in animals. When I decided I was ready for a career change, I recognized the value of an advanced degree to diversify my intellectual and professional perspective.
Why I chose LSHTM/my course
MSc One Health is a joint course offered through LSHTM and the Royal Veterinary College (RVC). I admire LSHTM and RVC, not only for their long-standing reputations as world-renowned institutions, but for their integrated approach to epidemiology and their capacity to advance global health initiatives. I was enticed by the interdisciplinary nature of the MSc One Health program, which provides opportunities to work alongside diverse expertise and to build connections across traditionally delineated disciplines.
I chose the MSc One Health because I believe complex problems require innovative approaches, and I am driven by, and find a deep sense of purpose in, the pursuit of such challenges. Viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites all co-evolve with human and planetary health. Therefore, a One Health paradigm is essential to elucidate catalysts and drivers of disease emergence. One Health networks have the capacity to foster scientific endeavours, which are more cooperative than competitive, to build consensus in and support for humanitarian aspirations. I believe in promoting collaborative initiatives, open-source data, capacity building, and international outreach are essential to advance research and develop therapeutics, vaccines, and diagnostics, which ultimately prevent outbreaks from becoming epidemics and pandemics. This MSc offers amazing skillsets and professional networks that will undoubtedly further my career.