#LaidlawCareers: Public Health

Thank you to everyone who joined us yesterday for the #LaidlawCareers Panel on Public Health, organised by the Laidlaw Alumni Society! You can watch the recording of the panel here. Time codes below.

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The Panellists

Charis Gresser

Charis is a Partner in the healthcare and life sciences practice at Brunswick Group, a strategic advisory firm focused on critical issues. Charis joined Brunswick in 2015 from Public Health England where she worked as a scientific writer. Charis holds an MSc in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Charis has also had an extensive career as a business journalist, working at the Financial Times and the Daily Telegraph.

Patricia Atkinson 

Patricia has spent more than a decade of her career working in the field of global public health. In 2003 she left the private sector to work at PATH, where she developed partnerships with biotech and pharmaceutical firms to advance malaria vaccine candidates. At the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, she worked with infectious disease product development partnerships and on the introduction of new health products to the developing world. She later served on the executive team of Marie Stopes International.

Hanna Al-Metrami

Hanna graduated last year from UCL with an integrated Masters degree in Biochemistry. She works as a digital health programme manager for Px Healthcare, a company that provides smart digital tools to support those with cancer from the moment of diagnosis.

Sam Weidner

Sam graduated from Tufts University in May of 2020 with a degree in Mathematics and a background in health policy research. His Laidlaw work focused on comparing the public and private actors that influenced the development and distribution of treatment for patients with HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C. Currently, he works as a Research Assistant at the Center for the Evaluation of Value and Risk in Health (CEVR) at Tufts Medical Center, assisting with a COVID19 population modelling project.


Time codes

05:00 - Charis: How can you get started in writing about public health and health more broadly?

09:15 - Patricia: During work experience and the first few months of a graduate role in public health, what should you do to stand out?

12:35 - Hanna: How did you know which role in public health would be a good fit for you?

15:35 - Sam: Which skills are most important for aspiring graduates to emphasise during the recruitment process for a public health role? Can you give us an example of how you demonstrated this skill?

18:20 - Patricia: You’ve worked in many different areas of Public Health. How did you streamline your interests, and what advice would you give to graduates about deciding which pathways in Public Health are available to them and how they can become a sought-after specialist?

23:40 - Charis: You’ve worked in health communications across the public and private sector: Could you tell us how your experience in journalism and writing has developed through the years and what do you think has been your most noteworthy journalistic piece?

31:10 - Sam: Talk to us about your current role. Could you tell us about your journey into health research and about your current project in COVID population modelling project and what you think this means for the future of health research?

34:40 - Hanna: You've only recently graduated, how have you found it being a Programme Manager? What is it like working in technology and what tips would you give students to get into this sector?

38:00 - Charis: How have Public Health communications changed due to the impact of COVID? Has it improved or has it spread more misinformation?

42:50 - [Audience question] Do you advocate for people getting into Public Health roles and learning while doing, or getting a broad academic foundation first, before venturing into this field?

45:45 - [Audience question] Any advice on how building your resume as a student? 

49:55 - [Audience question] How do you go about looking for jobs you haven't necessarily heard of before? How do you transition from a non-Public Health background? 


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Nikol Chen (she/her)

Digital Content Manager, Laidlaw Foundation

Hello! I have been with the Laidlaw Foundation for over 2 years, helping us strengthen the global Laidlaw community and expand our programmes to break the cycle of poverty, reduce inequality, and develop a new generation of leaders.

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