A week of a Global Health Student | Day 3

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Today we are going straight to Thursday as Wednesdays are sports days in the UK, so my classes on  are optional and short-lived.  The class that I have on today is called 'Disease Masterclass' which sounds vastly more intense than it is.  It involves understanding the epidemiology, anthropology, public health impact, and pathology of world-leading diseases which are on a rise.  Every week is dedicated to one particular condition or topic.  This class is assessed via a piece of coursework which is to reflect the 'News and Views' section of Nature magazine regarding a specific article they will assign.

9:30am: Today's topic is vaccinations.  We are breaking down the method in which encapsulated bacterium such as Neisseria meningitidis invade and cause disease in the human body in this first half.  It is intriguing and surprisingly technical which illustrates the diversity found in an MPH course.  Sometimes it is our course focuses on policy making and economics in parallel to molecular and scientific studies.  I would've never assumed this would be the case just by reading the module handbook or syllabus online.

11:00-11:20am: Break time!  It is hard to concentrate for such long stretches of time but luckily a majority of lecturers keep the lesson engaging via the use of Mentimeter which is an online polling system.  During the break, I pour a glass of coffee and eat a cereal or naked bar.

11:20am-12:30pm: After finishing the lecturers, they give us a quick insight into our coming practical this afternoon.  Practicals entail reading through research papers and formulating an argument for or against a particular intervention by debating in teams.  We are arguing for or against the use of the vaccination Bexsero in infants over young adults.

12:30pm-1:30pm: During lunch I go to my favourite spot - the library.  As per usual, I will be working on blogposts or going over coursework.  At the moment, I am focusing on getting all my notes down for a few midterms that were coming up.  I prefer handwritten notes as it allows me to familiarise with the material quicker.

1:30pm-3:30pm: We split up into our appropriate groups and begin formulating an argument for our notion.  The groups are usually about 5 people each.  One great thing about this class is that it forces you to work under strict time crunches.  We have to practice our argument and produce a power point for our points in a short span of time. I am a planner and require bucket loads of time on most occasions to produce something I am proud of.  Therefore, I appreciate these practicals as in the real world we do not have an unlimited amount of time.  It also forces you to argue against what you may naturally agree or be inclined to go for.

3:30-4:30pm: Each group presents their side and the class votes on the debate that persuaded them the most via mentimeter.  It's intriguing to see the individual's train of thought and arguments for or against specific interventions.

4:30-5:00pm: Walking home now.  The sun is setting much earlier nowadays so I tend to linger around less on campus as I'm generally quite uncomfortable walking home alone during winter.  Occasionally, my mother will ask for me to run to Sainsburys to pick up some necessities: milk, bread, and I slip in something sweet like chocolate.

I'm going to end the post here as my nightly routine has not altered from Tuesday to now!  I hope you guys are enjoying this little series as much as I enjoy writing it. 
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