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Five new students join McMaster's Health Policy PhD program

30 Sep 2009

Five new students have joined McMaster’s Health Policy PhD program, which provides interdisciplinary training to prepare intellectual leaders in the field of health policy.

The program launched in 2008 draws outstanding students from diverse graduate training backgrounds, including interdisciplinary health fields, social sciences disciplines and professional programs.

The four-year Health Policy PhD program, unique in Canada, enjoys a special relationship with CHEPA, which provides a dynamic and collegial environment for health policy education and scholarship.

Students accepted to the program for the 2009-10 academic year are:

• Leslie Malloy-Weir, who has an Honours B.Sc. in biology and an Honours BA in gerontology from McMaster, and a master’s degree in gerontology from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, where she focused on health literacy and seniors. In her PhD studies she is pursuing research interests related to health literacy and shared decision-making, under the supervision of Cathy Charles.

• Kaelean Moat, who has recently completed his Master of Science degree in International Health Policy at the London School of Economics, and has an Honours B.H.Sc. degree from the University of Western Ontario. He plans to focus on the use of research to inform policy in low income countries, with a particular emphasis on the impact of decentralization reforms on health systems in Africa and South Asia. He is supervised by John Lavis. Moat has received a CHEPA Doctoral Fellowship.

• Yaw Owusu, a native of Ghana who has M.Sc. degrees in economics and finance, and in environmental sciences from the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and a B.Sc. in agricultural science from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. He plans to develop his research interests in the relationship between health insurance, environmental health policy, and health care accessibility and financing in developing nations, under the supervision of Michel Grignon. Owusu has been granted a CHEPA Doctoral Fellowship.

• Jennifer Reddock, who has a MA in Organizational Communication from Howard University in Washington. She is a former journalist who worked in the Eastern Caribbean and in television news production in Washington DC. She has also worked for the United Nations as a communications consultant on global development projects. Her studies at McMaster will focus on formulating responses to public health challenges in developing countries. She is supervised by Michel Grignon.

• Jessica Shearer, who has a M.H.Sc. degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and is a graduate of McMaster’s Arts & Science Program. She has worked in India and Senegal evaluating community-based public health projects, and with India's national immunization program. At McMaster she will pursue work in the evaluation of innovative approaches to facilitate the use of health research evidence in health policy decision-making in low- and middle-income countries, under the supervision of John Lavis. Shearer was awarded the Harry Lyman Hooker Senior Fellowship.

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