A medical doctor from the United States who has taken coursework towards a Master’s degree in public policy in health from UCLA as well as obtaining a Master’s degree in public health in epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University is the recipient of CHEPA’s Doctoral Fellowship for 2012-2013.
Ahmad Shariff von Schlegell will be among six students joining McMaster’s Health Policy PhD program in September, the fifth cohort for the program since its launch in 2008.
Von Schlegell earned his medical degree at Rush Medical College in Chicago, and did his clinical training at UCLA including a geriatrics fellowship there. He feels the issues confronting health care around the world are going to require making difficult choices and this sparked a desire for didactic training in health economics. He hopes to augment his clinical skills with technical and analytical expertise in health economics by expanding his knowledge of clinical epidemiology, health technology assessment, econometrics, and microeconomics.
He believes that blending a physician’s knowledge of diseases and the language of medicine with an understanding of the quantitative aspects of health care will lead to better mechanisms for health care delivery. Ultimately, he hopes to use his research, which will be supervised by faculty members Jeremiah Hurley and Hsien Seow, to help make the health-care system more sustainable.
McMaster’s Health Policy PhD program, which is unique in Canada, provides an interdisciplinary curriculum covering theory and empirical methods for framing, investigating and answering crucial questions about health policy. Students receive general training across three fields, and specialize in one of health economics, political studies or social organization.