Lethabo RamskinStudent | South Africa
Public Health by Distance LearningContact Lethabo Ramskin
I graduated from the University of Johannesburg in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. After graduating, I first worked as a research technologist on a gender based violence study. I later moved on to work on HIV prevention studies that included perinatally infected adolescents and pre-exposure prophylaxis demonstration trial to evaluate combination prevention packages for adolescent girls and young women in South Africa.
Research interests or career goals
My research interests include looking at integrating bio-medical interventions with structural interventions in order to eliminate new HIV infections among young women. My career goals are ultimately to be able to provide young African women with alternative options when it comes to HIV prevention and sexual reproductive health by contributing and coming up with cost effective and innovative ideas on how to do so.
Why I chose LSHTM/my course
I choose LSHTM because it is a global leader in public health with an array of teaching experts some of whom I have had the opportunity to be led by in my brief career. What stands out for me since the academic year has started is the variety of fellow students that I have come across. People coming from fields that one would not ordinarily associate with public or global health and hearing how they ended up wanting to study public health because of the life experience they have been exposed to.
Coming from a research background and particularly focusing on social sciences, I would like to strengthen my quantitative skills particularly looking at the epidemiological perspective of solving public health problems not just in South Africa but the rest of Africa. I would also like to strengthen my analytical skills as a researcher by getting involved in data analysis and writing of publications.