My name is Tara and I am a Canadian student with a background in biomedical sciences. I was drawn to the research masters in Global Health at VU Amsterdam after spending a summer working as a volunteer for a hospital in Vietnam. It was there that I saw firsthand the disparities in health that exist within and between countries and realized the complexity and difficulty of achieving greater health equity. The latter point is what drew me to the VU in particular. The Athena Institute is a global leader in transdisciplinary research methodswherein researchers and society work together work together as partners to come up with practical solutions to complex, real world problems.
Another aspect that drew me to the VU is the possibility to complete two different internships. During my first internship I had the opportunity to travel to Tanzania where I was involved in an anthropological study of disrespect and abuse of women during childbirth. I am now in my second year of the program and am working on my Masters thesis which is a transdisciplinary study about how we can meaningfully involve children in pediatric care guideline development. All in all, I have learned a lot from this program and I feel that I am now well prepared for a variety of career pathsespecially careers involving research. My plan is to now follow a masters in medicine and to combine research and practice in order to continue to strive towards greater health equity for all.