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Graduates of the MSc in Global Health are living and working all over the world in organizations including hospitals, health clinics, NGOs, universities, and research institutes. Here are a few of them. If you graduated from the MSc Global Health program and would like to be featured, please get in touch.

Tanya Narang and Suad Ali

Students’ research explores the promise of Virtual Reality for patients with dementia

Virtual Reality (VR) offers new hope for people living with dementia (PWD) – and Master of Science in Global Health students Suad Ali and Tanya Narang are investigating the role these technologies could play in combating this growing global health problem.

MSc Global Health student Amelia Boughn

“I want to bridge the gap between sciences and humanities to tackle climate change”

Amelia Boughn chose McMaster for global health because of the transdisciplinary nature of the program, which brings together faculties of social sciences, health sciences, business and humanities, and links with institutions across multiple continents.

MSc Global Health alumna Erin Slade

Why cultural safety is critical to the health of First Nations

Erin Slade is following her passion to tackle poor health outcomes among First Nations in her home province of British Columbia. The Master of Science in Global Health program graduate is currently working with the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) in Vancouver as a policy analyst in the Health Benefits department, where she develops policies that govern health benefits.

MSc Global Health alumna Natalia Arias-Casais

Let’s make global palliative care a public health priority

Each year, an estimated 4.5 million Europeans die in need of palliative care. It’s a global health issue that Natalia Arias-Casais is working to address. The MSc Global Health program graduate and her research team have launched the 2019 Atlas of Palliative Care in Europe, a regional study that assesses the development of palliative care across the region.

MSc Global Health student Sarah Walji

Why we need more Greta Thunbergs to achieve UN goals

Sixteen-year-old environmental activist Greta Thunberg started a global movement of young people in more than 120 countries, calling for urgent action to address climate change. The Nobel Peace Prize nominee, who has been named one of TIME 2019’s 10 Next Generation Leaders, is an example of the power of youth engagement in critical global health issues.

MSc Global Health graduate Bianca Braganza with Namibian Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa

Tackling gender-based violence and legislative reform in Namibia

When Bianca Braganza started the Master of Science in Global Health program in 2016, she couldn't have imagined where the experience would take her. Today, she's in Windhoek, Namibia, working as an intern for the Law Reform and Development Commission at the Ministry of Justice of Namibia.

MSc Global Health student Carley Granger

Exchange to Norway sheds light on Indigenous global health issues

For the last three months, MSc Global Health program student Carley Granger has been living in the small coastal town of Tønsberg, just south of Oslo in Norway. The experience, which she calls a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” has been made possible thanks to McMaster’s partnership with the University of South-Eastern Norway (USN).

MSc Global Health student Elizabeth Wallace

Field practicum in Norway highlights the necessity of experiential learning in global health

Experiential learning is at the core of the MSc Global Health program’s curriculum, providing students with a unique opportunity to put their knowledge into action. Elizabeth Wallace is realizing why this hands-on learning experience is not only valuable, but essential for her future career in the global health field. The soon-to-be graduate recently returned to Norway, where she spent the winter term on exchange at the University of South-Eastern Norway.

MSc Global Health student Serena Tejpar

Global Health student Serena Tejpar named YMCA's Young Woman of Excellence

McMaster University MSc Global Health student Serena Tejpar has been named this year’s YMCA Young Woman of Excellence. She is among eight London women being recognized by the YMCA of Southwestern Ontario for their contribution to the community with the annual Women of Excellence awards.

MSc Global Health student Emily Fitzgerald

Three minutes on why adults with developmental disabilities are underemployed

“The employment rate of the general population in Canada is 74%, yet the employment rate of individuals with developmental disabilities is 22%,” explains MSc Global Health student Emily Fitzgerald, who presented her research on ‘Employment: Bridging the Gap’ at McMaster’s seventh annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition, which kicked off this week.

MSc Global Health grad Eilish Scallan

There’s a health care crisis in Canada’s federal prisons, says Global Health grad

The United Nations states that prisoners should enjoy the same health care standards that are available in the community, yet incarcerated persons face barriers to care, in addition to unique health challenges, and a higher risk of disease. The result is a global health crisis – one that impacts Canada’s federal prisons.

MSc Global Health graduate Sherry Nesbitt

National award recognizes Global Health grad for knowledge translation

Recent MSc Global Health graduate Sherry Nesbitt has won this year’s National Collaborating Centres for Public Health (NCCPH) Knowledge Translation Award, which recognizes graduate students in Canada for outstanding work in knowledge translation (KT).

MSc Global Health graduate Arjun Patel

Global Health grad's research highlights disparities in access to mental health services among Indigenous groups

Mental Health Week, which runs from May 6 to 12, aims to open the eyes of Canadians to the reality of mental illness. But to what extent do Indigenous communities across Canada have access to mental health care?

MSc Global Health student Aloka Wijesooriya

Global Health student Aloka Wijesooriya’s vision for a futuristic work world earns second place in international innovation competition

MSc Global Health student Aloka Wijesooriya’s vision for a future working world - where people and organizations work together and respectfully to care for the environment and society - placed runner-up in the recent annual U21/PwC Innovation Challenge.

Global Health grad develops new framework for rebuilding health systems after war

Global Health grad develops new framework for rebuilding health systems after war

War is debilitating for a country’s health care system. In the aftermath of conflict, health care services stop, resources are depleted, and governance is lost. Rebuilding those health systems is a complex process that presents a significant challenge – one that MSc Global Health program graduate Spencer Rutherford aims to tackle in his research.

MSc Global Health alumna Nina Huynh

Convocation spotlight: Meet recent Alumna Nina Huynh

How do you hope to make a difference in the world of global health? Any advice for current or future students? Meet Nina Huynh, who convocated last week with a Master of Science in Global Health.

MSc Global Health alumna Meghan Brockington

Why every day is World Water Day for this MSc Global Health alumna

March 22 is World Water Day, which brings awareness to the world’s water crisis by recognizing that billions of people are living without safe water, and that marginalized groups are often overlooked and discriminated against as they try to access it.

MSc Global Health alumna Sylvia Gawad standing outside the YWCA building in Halifax.

Global Health alumna Sylvia Gawad: Working to improve the newcomer experience

Sylvia Gawad chose the MSc Global Health program because she wanted a hands-on education that would not only give her the knowledge, but the practical skills, to be a leader in the field. This preparation will serve the recent alumna well as she pursues her long-term goal of running for office.

MSc Global Health alumna Yomna Omar

Global Health alumna Yomna Omar: Empowering displaced individuals with sexual health information

Yomna Omar will never forget the moment she realized that the refugees she was working with during her field practicum felt comfortable confiding in her. “The experience was truly life-changing,” says the 2018 MSc Global Health graduate. “These individuals came to perceive me as someone they could trust with their life stories, their health and their hopes for the future.”

Area around Accra, Ghana

Experiential learning takes Global Health student beyond borders

After finishing her undergraduate program in Life Sciences here at Mac, Shivani Shah wanted to move away from the microscope and see the bigger picture: how health is affected, not just by disease, but by politics, economics and social conditions.