Fenella Beynon is a medical doctor from the UK. After working for four years in general hospital medicine in her country, she moved to Mexico, where she worked as a research assistant while she continued her medical work as a volunteer. By then, she had decided she wanted to focus her career on research and started to look for a Master to continue her training. On this interview, she talks about her reasons to take the University of Barcelona Master of Clinical Research and, in particular, the International Health track run by ISGlobal.
Why did you choose the ISGlobal-University of Barcelona Master of Clinical Research - International Health track?
I had an interest in international health and I've done an intercalated BSc at medical school and then over the last few years I've been increasingly interested in research, but I wasn't really sure exactly what type of research I wanted to focus on and so I thought about doing an Epidemiology masters and I thought about doing Public Health, but actually in the end this masters was ideal because it offers a lot of different perspectives, so a bit of Epidemiology, a bit of Public Health and a little bit more into other types of research methodology, which has helped me understand more what I want to do. And also it's got the international health element, which is also something a lot of other masters don't bring in in such detail.
Other institutes don't offer such a broad type of research masters in International HealthHow is the International Health structured within the Master of Clinical Reserch?
The clinical research and global health bits are run by different institutions. The University of Barcelona runs the Clinical Research master and the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) runs the global health element of the course. The courses that we do with the University of Barcelona are more focused on statistics, epidemiology or other topics like approaches to research or how to design projects, whereas the ISGlobal courses are compulsory courses that have to do with the principal health problems in the global health arena, the social determinants of health and other courses like health systems or elective modules that you choose.
Why did you choose Barcelona?
Mainly because of the Master, because other institutes don't offer such a broad type of research masters in International Health, but it's definitely a bonus lo live in Barcelona. Barcelona is a great city, a really nice place to live.
Please, share with us something you've learnt during this year.
Oh, I've learnt a lot this year! There are some elements of the Master that have some clinical information, which I had some knowledge of from having done Medicine before, so I suppose what I've learnt more in depth is epidemiology or the approach to global health problems, particulary in terms of analyzing what are the best ways to go about research in the global health setting and to critically analyze other work that's being produced.
Where do you see yourself in a few years time? What are your plans once you graduate from the Master?
That's a good question! My plan is probably to continue doing research for now, ideally with some clinical medicine alongside. I think at some point I may stop doing clinical medicine and focus more on research. I think fundamentally I'm interested in doing research that has the aim of reducing inequality in global health, but whether it's on an specific disease or within an specific country I'm not yet sure. My plans at the moment are probably to work abroad after this master and then consider what I'm gonna do after that.
ISGlobal-UB Master of Clinical Researc - International Health
ISGlobal-UB Master of Global Health
Diploma of Global Health Fundamentals