I am Deputy Director of the Global Health BSc course. I also lead Module 1, which includes the taught contents of the Global Health BSc (12 weeks, autumn term). I am interested in critical pedagogy, multidisciplinary approaches to Global Health education and issues of epistemic power and the curriculum.
A bit about my journey
I first became aware of (health) inequalities through family stories and the news. As a medical student at King's College London, I took a year out of programme to undertake what was then the first International Health BSc in the UK. In a small classroom on the UCL Whittington campus, we discussed the politics of health with a mutidisciplinary team of passionate teachers.
I graduated in Medicine at Guy's, King's and St Thomas' School of Medicine and after completing my Foundation training, I worked as a Trust Grade in Genito-Urinary Medicine at 56 Dean Street, a busy sexual health clinic in the heart of Soho. This is where I most enjoyed medical practice, in a multidisciplinary environment where sensitivity and respect are core to patient care.
By then, most people in the world (at least we think), were estimated to live in cities, and 'International Health' was now more often than not referred to as 'Global Health'.
Since 2010, I have been coordinating the Global Health BSc at Imperial College. The course was launched then, in response to the demands of a group of motivated students, some of whom are now teachers on the course.
In 2013, I completed a Master's in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. I also have a Diploma in University Learning and Teaching (Imperial College) and I am currently undertaking a Master's in Education.
I am interested in the role of active learning and student-centered teaching and learning methods in Global Health education, and I have introduced a range of these on the Global Health BSc including Team-Based Learning, small group presentations, flipped classrooms, an Ethics debate with Human Libraries, a field trip with a historian and film-based discussions.
Past teaching experience includes: Module 3 Lead for the Global Health BSc from 2012 to 2018 ('Global Health in Context', consistently very good student feedback); course lead for the Society and Health course for Year 1 medical students and welfare tutor for Global Health BSc students (2012-2017).
I am a member of the BeSST network (Behavioural and Social Sciences Teaching in Medicine).