Ijeoma EdokaHealth Economics
City allowed the flexibility to work while studying full-time, and the MSc gave me a good foundation preparing me for my role as Research Director.
PRICELESS SA (Priority Cost Effective Lessons for System Strengthening South Africa) is a research unit based at Wits University School of Public Health in the Faculty of Health Sciences, which enables smart decisions about health investments in South Africa.
What do you do now? What do you enjoy about what you do?
I am responsible for developing the research strategy and coordinating research activities within a university research unit. My job is very demanding but exciting and I enjoy the fact that no two days are the same. Research ideas constantly evolve and being able to respond to research questions that have a direct impact on policy is something I enjoy about my work.
What path have you taken to get there? Were there any particular areas of interest that lead to you specialising?
I have always been interested in research that applies to developing countries and to contribute to evidence-based policy-making in Africa. In addition to the MSc degree at City, I completed a PhD in Health Economics and although my MSc and PhD degrees focused on topics relating to high-income countries, the methodologies learnt during my studies gave me a solid foundation to conduct research in Africa.
Why did you choose to study at City, University of London and how has it helped you?
In the first instance, I chose City University at the time because it offered me the flexibility to study full-time and work at the same time. The MSc programme gave me a good foundation and motivated me to pursue a PhD degree which ultimately prepared me for my current role as research director
What did you enjoy most about your course?
I particularly liked the economic evaluation and econometrics modules.
What was the hardest part of your course?
The hardest part of the course was the microeconomics modules. Coming from a biological science background (pharmacy), I struggled to understand economic theories and concept. But through hard work and support from the school, things got better.
What was your favourite part of being a City Student?
The Library! I particularly loved studying in the library. Memories of that make me want to be a student at City all over again.
If you could give one piece of advice to a prospective City Health Economics student, what would it be?
Work hard and never lose sight of what an MSc degree in Health Economics can do for your career…it can open doors you never thought existed!