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Jocelyn Lambuth, nee Kemp

Jocelyn Lambuth, nee Kemp

Name: Jocelyn Lambuth, nee Kemp
From: United States
Degree: MSc in Global Health and Public Policy
Graduated: 2009
Doing now: Project Coordinator, National School of Tropical Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine

What were you doing before you applied to the MSc?

I was working as a research assistant for a neuroscience research group at the University of Edinburgh, performing laboratory based work.

Why did you apply to the programme?

I applied to the programme because it so perfectly fit what I wanted to learn about: global health policy. I really wanted to gain timely comprehensive knowledge of global health issues as well as relevant research and policy analysis skills that would allow me to make a transition in my career. Completing the MSc made that possible.

What are your best memories from your time studying here?

My best memories of studying are of spirited class discussions. I really enjoyed the lecture and seminar format of the courses. After learning the concepts in the lecture, the seminars allowed us to use these for debating issues. This was particularly enjoyable given the small size of the seminar groups and diverse group of students we had, with students coming from different parts of the world and an array of professional backgrounds.

What's it like being a student in Edinburgh?

Being a student in Edinburgh is great. The university campus is beautiful, with impressive architecture and green spaces in which to enjoy lunch or an afternoon of studying. Edinburgh is one of my favorite cities. It offers all the cultural features of a capital city, but is small enough that you can walk almost anywhere. As a student, I really appreciated the public bus system as well. I also really enjoyed the people of Edinburgh, whom are very friendly and fun-spirited.

What have you done since graduating?

After graduating I spent two months in Argentina in an intensive Spanish language course and then returned to my job as a research assistant with the University. I next completed an internship with the Campaign for Access to Essential Medicine with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in New York City. Following the summer internship, I continued to work with MSF on the advocacy team. I supported advocates and humanitarian diplomats working with the UN, US government, and other NGOs.

What are you doing at present?

I am now working at the newly established National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas where I am assisting with the development of new academic programs and planning events and seminars related to global health policy.

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