Mokshada SharmaStudent | India
MSc Public Health - Health Services Management streamContact Mokshada Sharma
I hold an M.B.B.S degree (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) from Mumbai, India. During medical school, I was part of the student health advocacy on the local, national and international level as part of the IFMSA (International Federation of Medical Students' Associations) for five years. I was elected as the Regional Director of Asia Pacific which gave me the invaluable opportunity to work with national organizations in countries within the Asia Pacific Region in areas such as medical education, human resources for health, youth participation in legislative decisions, capacity building, primary healthcare and an array of other Public Health areas.
Research interests or career goals
Having struggled with never finding my niche because of having to dabble in every health field, I came to LSHTM and realized that I was more of a 'jack of all trades and master of none'. But being here for a short while with my peers and the esteemed faculty, I have realized that it is important to find your passion and follow through with it. I am currently interest in Antimicrobial Resistance, Designing control programmes for communicable diseases with a growing side interest in tobacco control. Something I have grown to accept is I will always have an interest in improving the quality of medical education in the world and gender equality.
Why I chose LSHTM /my course
During and after medical school, I had to make a tough choice between getting a speciality postgraduate degree or diving into a more non-clinical postgraduate degree. LSHTM has been my dream school since 2016 - I needed to learn from world-renowned experts and award-winning researchers to be able to gain a skill set that would allow me to be the best at what I decide to do. I was headstrong about doing public health because it affects the health of populations and the generations yet to come. The MSc Public Health allows immense freedom to pick modules that truly interest you and doesn't force you to study modules that won't necessarily be of use to you. No other school has such a huge number and variety of modules to choose from. I have picked the Health Services Management stream but have the flexibility to learn about health promotion, research methodologies and even communicable diseases. It has the perfect balance of learning health systems in low middle-income countries and high-income countries. And outside of the course, you get to attend talks about other health professionals doing fantastic work within their own fields like microbiology, health in conflicts and even the history of health. LSHTM (in the short time I have been here) has been everything I have dreamed of and more.