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May 14, 2020

To be a research trainee in the time of COVID-19

Days after the WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic, with coursework for our winter semester wrapping up, we decided to apply our passion for global health by joining a team working on a rapid qualitative study: Triage and COVID-19: global preparedness, socio-cultural considerations, and communication. The goals of this ongoing study, led by Dr.

May 4, 2020

Students from Manipal University: How did COVID-19 affect them?

One of the unique benefits of the MSc Global Health program is that it allows for cross-cultural collaboration: a critical element within the global health field. These collaborative experiences with students from partner universities can occur through online group work as well as through in-person interactions while on exchange or during the learning symposium. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, exchange programs were cut short and the online learning symposium was converted to an online format.

Anish Jammu

May 1, 2020

Global learning in the time of COVID-19: A reflection on Symposium Plus 2020

As Symposium Plus 2020 has come to an end, now is the perfect time to reflect on the wonderful experiences we have shared. As such, I took some time to put in words my own process of self-reflection.

Global health documentaries worth watching: From this year's symposium

April 30, 2020

Global health documentaries worth watching: From this year's symposium

The Documentary Series Discussion, yet another of the online symposium’s engaging and thought-provoking online activities, took place earlier this week. The event offered an opportunity for symposium participants to discuss and further reflect on three selected global health documentaries: Bending the Arc, First Do No Harm, and In Our Hands.

Learning Through Experience: Global Health Simulation - Mercurialis Sigillum

April 29, 2020

Learning Through Experience: Global Health Simulation - Mercurialis Sigillum

After a week of insightful discussion, the Global Health Simulation, Mercurialis Sigillum, has officially come to an end. The simulation provided global health students with the unique opportunity to learn through experience. Participants were immersed in a complex situation related to the interconnection of environment, industry and health, and were required to approach the challenge with the perspective of a prescribed stakeholder. The experience could be described as, “telling the same story from 20 different perspectives.” 

April 29, 2020

An interview with MSc Global Health student Praveen Rajasegaran

Why did you decide to pursue an MSc in Global Health? Tell us about your research topic and why you chose it? What aspects of the Global Health Symposium have you been most excited about?

I was in Maastricht when COVID-19 hit

April 22, 2020

I was in Maastricht when COVID-19 hit

Life in Maastricht was very charming. Living in the city centre I just needed to step outside of my apartment to experience all that the city had to offer. From biweekly markets, to cat cafes, to cute little shops, I was having an amazing time. There was a group of 10 of us from McMaster on exchange in Maastricht. Most Wednesdays we would get together at my apartment to cook dinner and hang out. We had jam sessions, played games, and had a safe space to come vent about any problems that we might be having.