Sopuruchukwu Obiesie (IHTM 2019)
Consultant developing methods for economic evaluations of social interventions for children. Doctoral student in the Department of Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation, University of Oxford.
I applied for IHTM at a point in my career where I yearned to understand the underlying drivers of disparate health outcomes across countries. Securing a fully funded offer was one of the highlights of my career.
At first, I started IHTM keen on health policy and system research. However, I was soon drawn to the long-term influences of social factors on health and the potential for social policies to address development outcomes for children, beyond improving survival. This is a testament to the robust and rich in-class learning and discussions that is the structure of this global health programme.
By leveraging on the networks and placement opportunities that IHTM provided during my studies, I have experienced a remarkable growth in my research career and personal development. Since graduating in 2020, I have worked as a consultant in the academic sector developing methods for economic evaluations of social interventions for children. At present, I am back to Oxford as a doctoral student in the Department of Social Intervention and Policy evaluation funded by a Barnett-Nuffield Scholarship. My dissertation will focus on identifying potential high-yield social interventions for adolescents and young adults in Nigeria with impacts across multiple Sustainable Development Goals objectives. I return to Nigeria to collect relevant data for this project.
Outside my research work, I have tried to give back to my local community. I have organised in-person workshops for teachers at a local school and an online workshop for mothers on the use of positive discipline approaches for education and parenting. This was made possible through the communication, presentation and organisation skills I honed during IHTM.
The last word
"I am inspired by the calibre and passion of the teachers and mentors that I had the opportunity to interact with on IHTM. I remain grateful for the continued support of the department and strong alumni body even beyond the programme. IHTM is an MSc programme, and a one-year leadership and personal development package in one."