6 July 2016
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This week’s Alumni Profile features, Andrew Flagg, who graduated from the School in 2013 with a PGCert in Global Health Policy by Distance Learning . Andrew now works as a Political Adviser for the Socialist and Democrat Group in the European Parliament, Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee in Belgium.
Why did you choose to study at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine?
At the time I was working for a Member of the European Parliament who was very active on European health policy. As this was not my academic background, I wanted to broaden my knowledge and found that the Global Health Policy course offer at the School was an excellent fit to enhance my work at the European Parliament.
What challenges did you face while studying at the School and how did you overcome them?
The main challenge was juggling part-time studies with an extremely demanding job. The year that I was studying coincided with my work on the Clinical Trials Regulation and it proved to be very difficult to find time to dedicate to my studies. However, because I found the course so beneficial to my everyday work and because of the flexible nature of the course material, I managed to fit the lectures and reading in at every opportunity.
How has your degree from the School helped you in your career?
I found the course to be very relevant to my work. For example, I was studying global tobacco control at the same time as working on the European Union Tobacco Products Directive. The extra knowledge and experience I gained on the course helped me make the leap from being a Member of the European Parliament's assistant to a Political Adviser on the Parliament's second largest group, serving on the public health committee. Read more