Toyin Sosanya, Taught Postgraduate, School of Public Health

“I recently completed COVID-19 vaccination training and have joined other healthcare professionals in vaccinating the nation.”

I’m a qualified pharmacist with experience of working in an NHS Trust and a community pharmacy. During my pharmacy career, personal and academic experiences exposed me to the different health challenges faced by populations around the world. This sparked my interest and led me to pursue a Master’s in Public Health – the global health stream. 

I have learnt about the principles of public health and policy development as well as different global health challenges. I have also learnt about the significance of global governance, health economics and other disciplines such as statistics and epidemiology – which are all essential for improving global health. I am looking forward to working with my supervisors on my summer project, which will utilise data from the Improving Health in Slums Collaboration to explore migration.  

I cannot speak about my learning experience without mentioning the impact of COVID-19. It has been challenging, and there have been feelings of missed opportunities, but Imperial’s efforts to bridge that gap and make the course interactive has really supported my experience and made a significant difference. 

Throughout the pandemic and my studies, I have continued my practice as a pharmacist. I recently completed COVID-19 vaccination training and have joined other healthcare professionals in vaccinating the nation. In June, I participated in the United Nations’ 59th Graduate Study Programme, aptly themed “Post-COVID World: Reset, Resilience, Recovery.” The teachings from Imperial combined with insights from the UN programme have truly enhanced my student experience and will inform my imminent global health career.  

I love to travel and fortunately, I have visited countries across Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and Oceania. I don’t think I will ever make it to Antarctica, but as soon as the borders are open and it is safe, I will be visiting South America. I am overdue a holiday!  

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