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Amelia Boughn

November 5, 2019

A Weekend at the Canadian Global Health Students and Young Professionals Summit

Recently, I travelled to Ottawa with sixteen of my Global Health classmates to attend the Canadian Global Health Students and Young Professionals Summit.

The event was worth the trip. We were treated to a jam-packed day full of poster presentations, thought-provoking workshops, and insightful keynote speakers and panelists. Here are a few of my takeaways from the Summit.

It’s good to feel uncomfortable

MSc Global Health student Sarah Walji

May 29, 2019

How to be a youth advocate for global health

We all have the capacity to make an impact, big or small. The MSc Global Health program has given me the confidence to capitalize on the incredible opportunities available to students, and the passion to advocate for active youth engagement in global health.

GH students on a bus in Manipal

May 7, 2019

Symposium day 11: Mountains, views, and what's next for the symposium

With May 1 being a national holiday in India, students were able to spend Wednesday relaxing and exploring Udupi region. The hard-working group from Manipal Academy of Higher Education organized yet another successful event, this time an excursion to view some of the area’s top attractions.

GH students in Manipal on a community visit

May 1, 2019

Symposium day 10: More community visits and a tutor's perspective

It's been another exciting day of learning and hard work, with community visits and an opportunity to gain hands-on experience with the Indian health care system.

GH student Hunster Yang

April 29, 2019

Symposium 2019: Reflections from the weekend conference

Wow, what an amazing two days it has been! From listening to the inspiring plenary speakers, to getting the opportunity of presenting our own projects, to learning from our peers and seeing what innovative work they’re doing, it’s been such an incredible experience.

Global health students attending a dance workshop at the symposium in Manipal

April 27, 2019

Symposium day 6: Expanding our knowledge of Indian culture

Today's day of the Global Health Symposium saw students taking advantage of optional workshops to expand their knowledge of Indian culture. Workshops focused on Indian philosophy, Indian cooking, Indian dance and hand art.

GH students in Manipal

April 26, 2019

Symposium day 5: Out in the field with community visits

The day once again started with a hustle bustle of students joining their respective teams for another exciting day of community visits. All the teams thoroughly enjoyed their time on the field and got back to a session on expert lectures. These lectures were designed to expose the students to the minute details of the cluster they are working on.

Global Health students in Manipal

April 25, 2019

Symposium day 4: Field visits, mental health and infectious disease surveillance

Symposium events got off to a fast start on Wednesday morning, as global health students and faculty headed off to their respective field visits. Each of the groups had the opportunity to observe local healthcare practices catered to a series of cluster group topics, including environmental health, occupational health, traditional health, mental health, infectious disease surveillance, reproductive and child health and One Health.

GH students sitting in a group at the Manipal symposium

April 24, 2019

Symposium day 3: Pitches, juries and tropical rainfalls

The beginning of the second day of the Global Health Symposium had different cluster groups participate in group activities. Faculty members were present all day to guide sessions, discussing possible challenges and scenarios for the field visits starting tomorrow.

GH students in Manipal

April 23, 2019

Bridging Different Worlds day 2: Amazing Race, system mapping and a student's perspective

The first day of the Symposium was brimming with excitement and curiosity as the students from all four universities came together under one roof to start their two-week journey. We started with a quick overview of the symposium booklet followed by a lecture on System Mapping and ended with an Amazing Race, introducing students to their cluster teams.

GH students in Manipal

April 22, 2019

#ghsympo2019 is here!

The 9th annual Global Health Symposium has kicked off! It’s been quite a trip getting here from all around the world, but it's good to be here. Finally meeting face to face with many people we've only seen on screen, being immersed in the culture and heat of this lovely place. We've anticipated the gathering of all the universities and finally it's come!

Himani Bhatnagar

March 24, 2019

Stepping up efforts to end TB

Today is World Tuberculosis Day, which is about raising awareness about TB and its devastating health, social and economic consequences. And it's about stepping up efforts to end the global TB epidemic. MSc Global Health program grad Himani Bhatnagar is playing a direct role in those efforts. She is currrently a program consultant with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), working with the HIV, Health and Development Team in Bangkok. She talks about the Global Health program, what she's doing now, and why it's time to end TB.

Sign that reads The International Economic Forum of the Americas: the Toronto Global Forum

January 28, 2019

The Toronto Global Forum - A Valuable Learning Experience

An important element I’ve learned about the program so far is to utilize the resources McMaster offers in gaining an overall valuable experience. Through the course of the term we regularly receive emails about events, conferences, and talks, which have the potential to provide networking opportunities, practical examples and learning prospects. A particular event that interested me and fellow class members was The Toronto Global Forum by the International Economic Forum of The Americas, held last month.