Ellen Flint studied the MSc Demography and Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)
Why did you choose this institution and course?
I was attracted by the chance to take modules from other MSc programmes at the university. Studying reproductive and sexual health research, epidemiology and public health units gave me a more rounded view, while also allowing me to get into the specific detail of demography.
What does the course involve?
I saw it as a T-shaped course; a broad horizontal stretch, but also a deep vertical specialism. The programme set me on track - in fact, I wouldn't be here without it. It made me realise that I was interested in noncommunicable conditions and taught me about statistics and quantitative methods.
What have you been doing since graduation?
I moved into the civil service from academia. A job came up at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to work for the chief scientific adviser. They were looking for someone with an academic research background and knowledge of the intersection between the social and health worlds. I thought, 'that's really interesting - I have to go for it'. I got the job and I love it. Without the Masters I wouldn't have had the grounding to work in a government department such as the DWP.
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