by Justin Yee and Kina-Kira Hiller
Edited by Helen Jane Myrr
So here we are, 42 new highly motivated students forming the third generation of the MSc program in Global Health. Not only are we a diverse group of individuals representing 14 different countries, but our previous undergraduate studies and work experiences set us apart from many traditional university programs.
This year, students from Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ghana, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Romania, Sweden, Uganda, UK, USA and Zimbabwe will represent the future generation as global health leaders.
In addition to the various nationalities within our program, many of us pursued degrees from a wide range of academic disciplines including economics, life sciences, medicine, molecular medicine, nursing, nutrition, paramedicine, political sciences, public health, and social anthropology.
This diversity promotes the interdisciplinary and international approach towards combating the many global health issues we encounter today and what we may face in the future. We look forward to sharing our knowledge and thoughts that we will learn from in-class discussions, group work, field studies and research. Not only will our academic and cultural diversity create an environment where we can learn from each other, but our fundamental passions and common interests in improving health around the world will be the ultimate driving force for us to enjoy these next two exciting years in the Global Health program.