My Master’s degree at University of Glasgow
In 2017 I completed my Master’s degree in Global Health as a first step back into the world of health research. I developed my understanding of the complexities of social impacts on health, my skills in investigating causes of and solutions for poor health and health inequalities, and my scientific writing skills.
A key module was the ‘Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions’, a novel approach seeking to strengthen the processes behind designing and testing policies and programmes to improve health and social outcomes. This gave me a greater understanding of the range of research skills and the complicated processes involved in the robust, evidence-based efforts to improve health and health equality.
My Master’s course was completed with a research project conducting a Systematic Review and meta-analysis of a complex housing intervention for vulnerable homeless persons, called ‘Housing First’. I synthesised evidence from four randomised controlled trials to evaluate the effects of Housing First on the health of the participants. I received an A for my submission, earning me a Merit in my Master’s. I further pursued publication of the systematic review, working with supervisors to achieve this through the BMJ Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.