Please share your thoughts on my essay for the Chevening Scholarship. Thanks!
the choice between two London Schools and The University of Edinburgh
Prompt: Outline why you have selected your chosen three university courses, and explain how this relates to your previous academic or professional experience and your plans for the future. Please do not duplicate the information you have entered on the work experience and education section of this form (minimum word count: 100 words, maximum word count: 500 words)
As a public health researcher, I worked on multiple projects with an orientation on health systems and policy. With a background in clinical medicine and then in epidemiology I found myself supplementing my knowledge through self-learning and asking a lot of questions. The components of health systems have much to do with governance, human, resource, and financing than just epidemiology of diseases. I believe a formal training on these aspects would enhance my knowledge and skill to work more effectively in this field.
The MSc in Health Policy, Planning, and Finance at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine is a joint program with the London School of Economy and Political Science. This will be an extraordinary opportunity for me to learn from two top-notch universities recognized worldwide. I can build a strong foundation on processes, policy actors and their agenda, and factors affecting contemporary and historical policy-making through the Health Policy, Process, and Power course. Some courses tailored to highlight developing country cases such as Health Systems and Policies in Developing Countries and Economic Analysis for Health Policy in Low-and Middle-Income Countries will be extremely helpful for me to evaluate health systems and policies in these countries and conduct economic analysis to appraise different models of revenue collection and pooling and compare different outcomes in terms of equity and efficiency.
At the University of Edinburgh, the MSc in Health Policy offers a strong focus on governance. I will learn to apply human rights principles to change government policy through international legal instruments in the Health and Human Rights module. Health is no longer shaped by manmade geographical boundaries and is subjected to influence by international agenda and policies. The Global Politics of Public Health module will equip me to address the challenges to promoting policy coherence across global health, development and trade agenda and take into consideration the increasing significance of the commercial sector and civil society in global health policy in my work.
In working with the urban poor I have learnt that inequalities health can arise from multiple sources including behavioural/cultural, psychosocial, and material. Health has many non-health determinants yet not weighed upon in Bangladesh's national health policy which lacks multi-sectoral strategies. In the MSc International Health Policy programme at London School of Economics & Political Science I will have a better understanding of the role of government and impact of economic, social and health policy in creating or reducing inequalities thereby apply the knowledge to assess policy interventions through an equity lens for vulnerable populations.
Bangladesh has just transitioned to a lower-middle income country which is accompanied by drastic changes in foreign aid and national budget reforms. This is an opportune moment for national policymakers to take stock of past learning from national, regional, and international history and re-engineer the health sector through identifying diverse sustained financing mechanisms to achieve universal health coverage and reduce health inequity and burden. As such, there is a potential role for me to contribute at this juncture of revised health policy formulation through proper training and exposure to the cog-wheels of the field.