Our online students enjoy the same status as those who attend Queen Mary on campus. You will have access to our extensive online resources and if you are able, are welcome to attend any of the extra-curricular events run by various research centres to complement your studies.
In addition, you will benefit from dedicated tutor support, enhanced online material, and a range of interactive features. There will be lively online discussions with your peers and webinars led by members of the academic staff, all accessible in a time that suits you.
You’ll also be able to turn to our helpful Student Adviser team once you enrol. They will help you with any non-academic questions and to ensure your experience with Queen Mary is positive and stress-free.
Dr Andrew Harmer
Andrew is the Programme Director for the online MSc in Global Public Health and a Senior lecturer in Global Health Policy in the Centre for Global Public Health, Institute of Population Health Sciences.
He has a PhD in International Relations from the University of Southampton. He has taught at the University of Edinburgh, Bocconi University (Milan), and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Andrew has led and coordinated a number of consultancy projects for leading development organisations on subjects including maternal and child health, health systems strengthening, and global health partnerships.
He has published in leading global health journals, most recently in the BMJ and the Lancet where he has written about climate change and the World Health Organisation.
Dr Jennifer Randall
Jennifer Randall is a medical anthropologist and a passionate, award-winning educator with teaching experience in the USA, UK and China.
Her teaching practice is informed by critical pedagogy (e.g. Freire and hooks) and she has guided hundreds of students on a journey of holistic critique that led to powerful transformations in people’s perspectives on global health and their individual power to engage in social change.
Her teaching expertise includes drug policy reform; participatory action research; mental disability and human rights; childbirth, infant feeding and parenting; and neglected tropical diseases.
What I enjoy most about Dr. Randall's teaching style is her ability to meet students at all levels - her intent listening, composure, honesty, and commitment to 'all' students being engaged, authentically heard, and understood. These facets of an educator are rare. Teaching to nurture student growth and change; teaching that goes straight into the heart.
Elise Pohl, Global Public Health MSc
Dr Julia Morgan
Julia is a lecturer in Global Public Health. She has a Masters in Public Health (Global Health) from Manchester University, an MA in International Development Management from the Open University, an MSc in Social Research Methods from London School of Economics and a PhD in child development and wellbeing from the London School of Economics. Her first degree was in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics.
Julia originally trained as a health professional and worked for ten years in various NHS hospitals around the country. She's taught on a Masters in Public Health (MPH) for the past 10 years and has worked as a researcher on a child development study, worked for The Children's Society, for Sure Start and for the family support charity Home-Start. She's designed a number of epidemiology Masters level modules.
More recently, Julia has worked with children who live or work on the street in Mongolia, Southern Africa and in Romania. Her area of expertise is global childhoods, children and families, global health, inequalities, gender, humanitarianism and international development.
Sian Eleri Jones
Sian completed her undergraduate degree in Anthropology at UCL and went on to complete an MA in Education, Health Promotion, and International Development at UCL IOE. She most recently left the University of East London where she worked as a senior lecturer in Public Health and Health promotion, leading modules and projects on community engagement, structural violence, and the politics and practice of empowerment.
Her research interests focus on critical pedagogies, children and youth as active contributors of the social, and domains of wellbeing particularly a person’s sense of efficacy and agency; She uses anthropological and participatory methodologies to explore questions of power, powerlessness, and empowerment. Her most recent work explored the value of education for well-becoming, from the perspectives of young people themselves, within an emerging Public Private Partnership filling the much needed gap of secondary education in Pune, India.
An anthropologist with a deep interest in education and social justice and in preserving the natural world, Sonali's scholarly work is at the intersection of medical, cultural and linguistic anthropology.
She has several years experience teaching students in schools and colleges in India and abroad, conducting workshops in ethnography, drama and writing. Currently, she is the educator and primary resource person on a project which interrogates ideas of identity and belonging in classrooms across three countries (India, Pakistan and the UK) by focussing on the Partition of Pakistan-India of 1947.
Sonali also teaches A-level Sociology at an alternative school in Bangalore where she foregrounds issues of sustainability and social justice. She's also part of a collaborative ten-month module-based course with ecologists, environmentalists and biologists (“An Apprenticeship in Ecological Nurturance) which works on issues of climate change and land care. She's extremely pleased to be part of Queen Mary Online’s Planetary Health module which offers an unusual combination of rigorous analytic, academic research and direct action.
Sobia is a Physician with a Master’s in Public Health (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK) and a post-graduate degree in Public Policy and Program Evaluation (Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada) with over a decade of work and teaching experience in the developing world (LIC). As a public servant, she serves under the Canadian federal government’s health portfolio in Ottawa, Canada. She manages eight complex, high materiality programs with a focus on capacity development and pan-Canadian stakeholder engagement, including Provinces and Territories, funding organizations, researchers, and patients.
She is passionate about emergency preparedness and disaster management. As a volunteer, after the 2005 Kashmir earthquake, she coordinated several post-disaster reconstruction and rehabilitation projects, that led to the reconstruction of two schools and three hospitals and the establishment of a vocational center for women in Kashmir.
Currently, she is volunteering to further develop food-security projects (“Adopt a Tandoor” & “Breakfast at Sunrise”) in Islamabad that she had initiated after the onset of the pandemic to fight against the rising levels of post-Covid starvation. The projects focus on using local infrastructure to develop small, self-sustainable food banks,converting flower gardens into vegetable patches, and learning how to harvest rainwater for long-term sustainability.
Dr Laura Burke
Laura is an anthropologist researching how life is rebuilt after conflict and crisis. She has an MA in the Anthropology of Conflict, and is currently finishing her PhD in Social Anthropology, at the University of Kent in the School of Anthropology and Conservation. Laura’s PhD research is centred around the themes of reproduction, population and environment in Timor-Leste, where she has conducted almost two years of ethnographic fieldwork.
She has broader interests in South-east Asia and the Pacific, medical anthropology, anthropology of conflict, as well as gender, sexuality and reproductive politics. Alongside academic research, ethnographic fieldwork and teaching, Laura has experience working and conducting research with NGOs on social justice and human rights issues in the UK, Asia and South America.
Dr Sara Gilani
Dr. Sara Gilani has received an MBBS from University of Health Sciences (Pakistan) and MSc Epidemiology from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (UK). She has been involved in online teaching for Public Health programs for five years and has taught modules on Research Methods, Epidemiology and Population Health.
Her research areas include Non-communicable disease epidemiology and public perception on health issues. She has worked in population survey research for over ten years for Gallup Pakistan, affiliated with Gallup International. Additionally, she has worked on projects related to health, education, social and development sector.
Miss Vidhya Sasitharan
Vidhya is currently a Global and Public Health and Policy PhD student at Queen Mary’s. Her PhD topic and field of interest is exploring the role of social determinants of health in pesticide poisoning among small-holder farmers and the barriers to adopting agroecological principles using an eco-health framework. Prior to her PhD, she completed her MPH at Imperial College London, where for her dissertation she worked alongside a London city council to explore the feasibility of introducing a community health worker project in local wards.
Whilst undertaking her BSc in Global Health at Queen Mary Vidhya also interned for several national and international NGOs and worked on the following topics: addressing dietary NCD risk factors, identifying barriers to healthcare access in LMICs in addition to creating research tools to improve environmental and human health.
Dr Wiam Alashek
Dr. Wiam Alashek has a background in Medicine and graduated from the Faculty of Medicine with a MBBCh. She practiced General Surgery for years before she joined the Department for Community Medicine at the School of Medicine and received a Degree from the Board for Medical Specialities in Public Health and Preventive Medicine.
She has interests in Educational Psychology (MSA) and Strategic Direction and Leadership (Level 8, Chartered Management Institute). Dr. Alashek completed her PhD in Clinical Epidemiology of Renal Disease at the University of Nottingham. She has much experience teaching BSc and MSc students and has led on many different modules including Epidemiology and Statistics, Communicable Diseases, Non-Communicable Diseases, Maternal and Child Health/Nutrition and Disease Management Policy and Practice. She participates in the supervision of students’ projects and BSc & MSc dissertations. Additionally, she is OSCE examiner for Barts School of Medicine.
Dr Khalil Betz-Heinemann
Khalil convenes and coordinates the dissertation module. He has 10 years of professional experience in academia, public and private sector, most recently with the Max Planck Institute, Southern Water Services Ltd, and Focal Point Gallery.
A Social Anthropologist by training his recent work explores 'what it means to know' in public health, as well as freelance work advising various projects on mixed methods in 'how to know' in public health. He has a longstanding interest in economies of care and the politics of autonomy.
Dr Russell Kabir
Dr Russell Kabir is a Public Health Researcher and Academic. He obtained his PhD degree from Middlesex University, UK. He completed his MSc in Research Methods at the same university His first degree was in Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Dhaka. He also completed his master’s in public health from North South University, Bangladesh. As a Public Health Specialist with over 12 years of teaching experience including various universities in the UK. He is currently serving as an Academic Editor for PLOS One, BMC Public Health and Peerj. Dr. Kabir is interested to perform collaborative and interdisciplinary research on public health issues with a special focus on oral health, reproductive health issues, violence against women and ageing related research.
Dr Sinéad B Jones
Sinead obtained a BSc in Microbiology and Genetics and PhD in Genetics, and a Master’s in International Public Health. Sinéad has five years’ postdoctoral research experience at UK Medical Research Council. An honorary fellow of University of Edinburgh Medical School, Sinéad has lectured in health policy, and tutored undergraduates and postgraduates.
She edited the scientific journal Trends in Genetics. As Scientific Officer in the Director’s Office at the WHO International Agency for Research on Cancer, Sinéad liaised with governing bodies and supported research strategy.
At British Medical Association, Sinéad directed a team supporting effective tobacco policies, negotiated policy manifestos endorsed by medical associations worldwide, and campaigned for a global tobacco control treaty. She authored expert reports and appeared as an expert witness in parliamentary hearings. Sinéad devised an international online course, with input from the World Bank, Johns Hopkins University, WHO, and other partners.
At the International Union Against Cancer, Sinéad established the Global Smokefree Partnership, supporting effective policy through capacity building, grant-making, research and advocacy. At the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease she led a large-scale grants and capacity-building programme, focussing on policy implementation in low- and middle-income countries.
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