MSc Nutrition for Global Health – LSHTM


The Masters in Nutrition for Global
Health is a course which develops
high-quality, in-depth knowledge of
nutrition
from a public health perspective, so it really
trains people to be able to understand
the role of nutrition
in international public health. The
MSc is really unique because it
offers an enormous range of skills and
training opportunities for students and
it is set within the School, which is a
wonderful place
for MSc learning. I did my
masters here
in the early nineties and I still remember very fondly
the many experiences, the seminars, the
opportunities to interact with
world-class
academics a on a daily basis
about nutrition and about public health
in general. So the course is set within
this environment which is very nurturing,
students are surrounded by
world-class academics and have a great
opportunity to learn.
After I completed my undergraduate degree, I wanted
to specialize in public health nutrition
I had a look at the course details, I spoke to the Course Directors
and also just the school’s reputation
I knew this was the course for me.
A lot of my colleagues had told me about this course
and the ones who really inspired me, particularly in emergency nutrition,
had gone through this course and told me
really good things about it.
It seems to have quite large a reputation
in the public health field abroad.
So it was quite an easy choice really to pick this course.
The course is aimed at people who want to understand the role of nutrition
in health at a population level, so very
much at the community and
population-level; what is the role of
nutrition
or the consequences of poor nutrition at
a community or population-level.
The course is largely delivered by
experts from the nutrition group at the
London School
who conduct research on maternal and
child nutrition
nutrition in emergencies,
non-communicable diseases and my
particular area of interest:
the role of Agriculture in nutrition.
The teaching was fantastic, we had lecture-based classes and
we also had seminars, workshops,
so a different range of teaching
methods.
We had guest lecturers as well which
was
a real treat to know that they were such
experts in their fields and being
able to share that knowledge with us.
The support was great because it’s quite
a small class size
so it was quite easy to get involved. You could
ask anything you wanted without feeling too stupid
and you have your tutor,
you have to the course director
for academic support as well
and I felt like the teachers were
quite accessible,
approachable, and interested in what they were teaching,
so made it quite easy just to get the most out of it.
The course attracts students from all over
the world and from a variety of
different disciplines who want to
come and understand the role of
nutrition and population health. And
these are people who might come from the
NGO or civil society communities and
want to work for example in humanitarian
work
understanding how to deal with the
nutritional emergencies for example
but also we attract people who work in
the public sector whether it’s in
Department of Health in various
countries or
now indeed from departments of
agriculture or departments of civil
engineering who need to understand the
role of nutrition in their work.
There’s also an opportunity for students
to take their skills from the course and
and work in the private sector and there is an
increasing demand for nutritionists
in the food industry
and of course are also opportunities for
students to go on and do PHDs in
nutrition.
The thing to me that really made course
special was actually meeting
lots of different people, making
friends, making
connection and networks, and really sharing that experience.
I remember really clearly
the moment after the summer exams when we’d
all come out of a very intense three-hour
exam,
and the sun was shining,
and you could actually just enjoy being outside
and seeing what was ahead, that was definitely
something I’ll remember.

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