MSc Global Health Alumni
The first cohort of MSc in Global Health students graduated in 2006. Students have come from a number of countries around the world. Each year, students have produced research dissertations surrounding a variety of global health issues.
The students and the titles of their dissertations are available in the links below.
Where are They now?
An MSc Global Health from the Centre for Global Health, Trinity College Dublin, can take you wherever you want to go. Our alumni can be found all over the world in a wide range of careers; but we do like to keep in touch, so we've asked some of them to share their experiences here:
We are proud to set out the following information which has been submitted by our Alumni students to outline where they are now and what they have achieved to date since completing the Msc in Global Health.
SUSAN BRADLEY (Class of 2007)
Since completing the MGH in 2007 I have managed to combine my personal interest in maternal health with CGH’s expertise in human resources for health. My thesis on the retention and performance of emergency obstetric care providers in Malawi led to research posts in CGH in this area. The HSSE project investigated the effective use of mid-level cadres, and STEM is currently addressing the role of supervision. These posts have involved extensive travel to our project countries (Malawi, Tanzania, Mozambique and USA); presentations at national and international conferences (Uganda, Cuba, India); as well as teaching and supervision on the MSc Global Health.
NICHOLAS CONNOR (Class of 2008)
I am a Canadian working in Dhaka Shishu (Children's) Hospital with a local organization, the Child Health Research Foundation (CHRF), we are engaged in numerous research projects aimed at benefiting the health of children in the Sub-continent. The primary strategy of this locally based research foundation is to generate high quality microbiological research in Bangladesh to provide contextualized data and to influence policy to best utilize limited health resources to impact health outcomes. The project maintains 5 large population field sites in 3 countries, Pakistan, India and Bangladesh using both active and passive surveillance. The project is coordinated from Dhaka and has partners from Johns Hopkins, the WHO, Aga Khan University, Oxford, and many others. Soon we are adding a maternal health component to the project to detect post-partum infection. I would not have had the opportunity to be the Research Investigator on this project if not for my time and education at Trinity, I thank the staff as much as the other students for the education I received there and the doors it has opened for me. I hope to see more people from Trinity in International global health projects over the next few years.
STEPHEN C. DORNER (Class of 2011)
I am currently in my second year pursuing my MD at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in the United States. I serve as the Director of the Shade Tree Medical Legal Partnership, bridging legal and medical services as a means to improving healthcare. I'm also conducting research exploring resource utilization in the Emergency Department by using risk stratification and mixture modeling for high resource utilization among patients with frequent use. By identifying factors associated with frequent and high resource use, we can tailor patient care to improve their health and thereby reduce healthcare costs. When I finish my MD, I plan to attend a residency program in Emergency Medicine and continue my research to improve health policy here in the United States as well as through U.S. foreign policy engagement around the world.
DANIELLE FERRIS (Class of 2012)
After completing the MSc in Global Health I moved to Geneva where I work for an international organization called UNITAID as a grant management Technical Officer (HIV, TB and Quality Management). The organisation uses innovative financing to increase funding for greater access to treatments and diagnostics for HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis in low-income countries (www.unitaid.eu).
STEPHANIE FISHER (Class of 2009)
I am still in the Sudan, where I have been for over two years now, currently working for the Irish NGO GOAL. In January I changed roles from Grants Manager to Monitoring & Evaluation Coordinator, which was an exciting move for me as I had been interested in moving into M&E for some time. The workload is heavy and the context "interesting" to say the least, but I love the new role and am really enjoying the work.
WOLDEMARIAM HIRPA (Class of 2008)
My name is Woldemaniam Hirpa (2008 CGH graduate). I am writing from Ethiopia first of all, I would like to appreciate CGH for its unfolded effort in tracking whereabouts of its alumni. Currently I am working with one of the international NGOs (JSI) on USAID project in Ethiopia. The project is supporting at scale the implementation and monitoring activities of Ethiopian Urban Health Extension Program. I work as Regional Program Coordinator based in Addis Ababa, a capital city of Ethiopia and I am very much happy in the position.
IAN HODGSON (Class of 2010)
WELL - after I completed the course in August 2010, I worked with the International HIV/AIDS Alliance as a full time research officer for 9 months (from November 2010 to July 2011). Since then, I've been a freelance consultant, focusing on issues around HIV, and working with the International HIV/AIDS Alliance (plus other groups, such as Oxfam Ireland, HIV/AIDS Asia Regional Programme in Cambodia).
BONNIX KAYABU (Class of 2010)
Since my graduation from the MSc Programme in Global Health in 2010 from Trinity College Dublin (TCD), I have been working for Evidence Aid as the project co-ordinator. This project is based in the Centre for Global Health in TCD but in reality it is an international network of researchers, policymakers and humanitarian practitioners around the world with whom I collaborate. I am very happy to be travelling to different countries for conferences and face-to-face meetings. I also co-organise international conferences each year (Oxford 2011, Brussels 2012). The project promotes evidence-based practices in humanitarian settings by helping to improve access to research evidence (mainly systematic reviews) for those who are involved in the planning and delivery of humanitarian assistance. One of the things that I am working on is the design of a database that will put together a list of humanitarian interventions and actions that are evidence-based to allow users to have easy access to this knowledge. Whilst working on the Evidence Aid project, I am also enrolled in the International Doctoral School in Global Health (INDIGO) doing my PhD that I hope to finish in 2014. My office is just next to the MSc teaching room. So, I see all the new MSc students with whom I interact often and show them a few off the beaten track places in Dublin.
ANNA MCNALLY (Class of 2011)
I completed the MSc in Global Health in 2011 and have quite a varied year since then! I completed a fundraising internship with Oxfam Ireland from November 2011 until February 2012; the internship was great and a wonderful opportunity to work in an NGO in Dublin. Having realised I enjoyed the writing aspect of the job, I was keen to further develop these skills. I applied for another internship with the British Red Cross and became their Major Donor Intern. In this role, I was responsible for a huge amount of research and writing. It was a great learning experience working for the largest humanitarian organisation in the world and being tasked with researching their programmes, writing reports and fundraising materials. I am currently living in London and am looking for a role within the charity sector where I can use my writing skills.
CLEMENT MOONGA (Class of 2010)
I am a Zambian who studied during the 2009/10 intake and graduated with a Distinction. At the time of my study, I had just resigned from UNDP/National AIDS Council where I worked as District AIDS Coordinator Advisor fro Choma district. Upon completion, I worked as Project Consultant for Brethren in Christ Church – Choma Children Development Project (BICC-CCDP). I later worked as Research Supervisor under Population Council and on 1st May 2011, I joined initiatives Incorporation a USA based organisation under a project called Support to the HIV/AIDS Response in Zambia (SHARe II) where I am serving as PATF/DATF Manager, a national position where I am now in charge of 10 PATFs and 74 DATFs. I am currently based in the capital of Zambia, Lusaka.
FRANK PHILLIPS (Class of 2010)
Since completing the MGH in 2010 I have been working as a HIV and AIDS Adviser with Concern Worldwide. Based in Dublin, I have been in this position for 15 months now an have added extensively to my academic knowledge and international development experience. A typical week often includes providing technical assistance to our country programmes, contextual analysis and Irish Aid results frameworks. I have also conducted reviews and evaluations and am currently working on the development of Concern's third HIV and AIDS strategy. In my spare time I have also been working as a proof-reader for a number of consultants and post-graduate students based in Ireland, Europe and sub-Saharan Africa.
LINDSEY SHERRARD (Class of 2012)
I completed my thesis with the Vaccine Preventable Diseases (VPD) unit at the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)’I am currently employed with VPD as an epidemiologist specializing in measles, mumps, rubella, varicella and invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD)
SILVIA STRINGHINI (Class of 2008)
After the masters, I started a PhD in Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Paris XI, in Paris, France. I completed my PhD last summer (2011), with a PhD thesis titled: Explaining social inequalities in mortality: Evidence form the British Whitehall II and the French GAZEL cohort studies. I am currently a research fellow at the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine in Lausanne, Switzerland. My research area is the social determinants of health in general, and more specifically I work on the role of modifiable risk factors in explaining social inequalities in chronic diseases (in high income as well as in low and middle income countries). I am also doing some research on the epidemiological transition and the social transition of diseases.
HENRY TUMWEBAZE (Class of 2009)
Henry Tumwebaze has been a community health worker in Uganda for 12 years, working with rural communities on HIV prevention in an area where prevalence rates can reach 10%. He has now become a specialist in home-based HIV counselling, testing and prevention. In 2007, Henry got the opportunity to study in Ireland under the Irish Aid Fellowship Programme. Having successfully completed his Masters in Global Health in 2009, Henry returned home determined to use his new skills and expertise to drive his community work to greater heights. He did so by setting up a fully-fledged research department and is now the Study Coordinator/Investigator at Integrated Community Based Initiatives (ICOBI). ICOBI are currently working on a HIV Combination Prevention project funded by the NIH, through the International Clinical Research Centre (ICRC), Department of Global Health, University of Washington, USA. This operations research seeks to evaluate whether a Home Based HIV Counselling and Testing Platform can be used to incorporate additional HIV preventative interventions/packages such as male circumcision; early initiation of ARVs for HIV positive individuals and couples; ARVs for prevention; point of care CD4 count eligibility assessment; and, in the future, viral load testing. The project uses mobile technologies in collecting data from communities, thus shifting from traditional paper based system, and uses software technology ‘eMOCHA’ (electronic Mobile Open-source Comprehensive Health Application) developed by Johns Hopkins University, Center for Clinical Global Health Education. Since leaving the Centre for Global Health at TCD, Henry has had the opportunity to travel widely throughout Africa and the US to attend conferences and further training.
Henry also recently founded a community primary school called Vashon Education Centre, which aims to make a contribution towards an improved quality of education, research and mentoring of young people and challenges their thinking in Uganda.
FREDERIQUE VALLIERES ( Class of 2010)
I am still here! After completing my MSc in 2010, I jointed the International Doctorate in Global Health Programme (INDIGO) at the Centre for Global Health. As part of a collaboration between the Centre for Global Health and World Vision Ireland I am currently working on a four year Irish Aid funded maternal and child health project taking place across Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Mauritania and Sierra Leone. My doctoral work is a piece of operations research to assess changes in community health worker motivation over time, triggered by the introduction of a mobile phone as a specific human resource management tool in Bonthe District, Sierra Leone.
BELAYNESH YIFU (MD, MPH) (Class of 2007)
I am a graduate of 2007. Within this time a lot has changed. I got a certificate on IYCF from University College London (UCL) last June. I was a country coordinator for IYCN project, which is a nutrition project. Currently I am working for one of the USAID's project ENGINE as a Senior Health and Nutrition Advisor. This project is also working on nutrition. May be you are aware that most of the officials are thinking nutrition problems are solved by producing more which is not true. So we as ENGINE are trying to link agriculture sector with health (this is production + proper utilization).
Publications Arising from MSc GLobal Health Theses
Bell J. (2009) Climate change and human health research: facing global health inequity. In Young Voices in Research for Health 2008: Climate change and health: research challenges for vulnerable populations (Jupp S. & McLellan F, eds), Global Forum for Health Research, Geneva, pp. 35-38. Available online: http://www.globalforumhealth.org/Media-Publications/Publications/Young-Voices-in-Research-for-Health-2008-Climate-change-and-health-research-challenges-for-vulnerable-populations
Connor N.E. & Manary M.J. (2010) Monitoring the adequacy of catch-up growth among moderately malnourished children receiving Home-Based Therapy using Mid-Upper Arm Circumference in Southern Malawi. Maternal and Child Health Journal. Available online: http://www.springerlink.com/content/h2m7146v7563034q/.
Griffiths M., Mannan H.& MacLachlan M. (2009) Empowerment, advocacy and national development policy: a case study of disabled peoples' organizations in Bolivia. In Disability & International Development: Towards Inclusive Global Health (MacLachlan M. & Swartz L., eds), Springer, New York, pp. 105-117. Available online: http://www.springerlink.com/content/k689411250nh7gn7/?p=9d52e08e93f64b7fbe5226e2f33176a4&pi=6
Stringhini S., Thomas S., Bidwell P., Mtui T. & Mwisongo A. (2009) Understanding informal payments in health care: motivation of health workers in Tanzania. Human Resources for Health 7(53). Available online: http://www.human-resources-health.com/content/7/1/53.
Bradley S. & McAuliffe E. (2009) Mid-level providers in emergency obstetric and newborn health care: factors affecting their performance and retention within the Malawian health system. Human Resources for Health 7(14). Available online: http://www.human-resources-health.com/content/7/1/14
Willis-Shattuck M., Bidwell P., Thomas S., Wyness L., Blaauw D. & Ditlopo P. (2008) Motivation and retention of health workers in developing countries: a systematic review. BMC Health Services Research 8(247). Available online: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6963/8/247
Negusse H., McAuliffe E. & MacLachlan M. (2007) Initial community perspectives on the Health Service Extension Programme in Welkait, Ethiopia. Human Resources for Health 5(21). Available online: http://www.human-resources-health.com/content/5/1
Troy P.H., Wyness L.A. & McAuliffe E. (2007) Nurses' experiences of recruitment and migration from developing countries: a phenomenological approach. Human Resources for Health 5(15). Available online: http://www.human-resources-health.com/content/5/1/15