Career paths

Here you can read about former master students career paths in global health.

Laran Matta

My name is Laran Matta and my journey into global health started when I graduated with my nursing degree. I’m from the USA and after working a few years in a hospital setting in Boston I felt the need to explore more. I went on my first medical mission to support health care access in Al Zatari refugee camp in Jordan. That trip pushed me to move to Lebanon (where most of my extended family still lives) in 2015 and I shifted from a being a purely clinical practitioner to working in migration health within a humanitarian aid setting. I spent three years working in Lebanon as a medical coordinator for a small local NGO as well as volunteering at medical clinics across Greece to support the wave of incoming refugees and migrants. I realized I needed to center my education, knowledge and understanding into this field and that led me to get my Masters in Global Health at Uppsala University. I’ve recently graduated and am working currently at my institution as a Project Assistant, helping new students on their journey into the program as well as focusing on research and technical support within migration health, which is still my passion.

I’m still trying to determine my future career pathway and I believe that taking opportunities and chances as they come, and putting yourself out there is integral to success in this field. Do not be afraid to approach a professor, a panelist at a seminar, or reach out about an internship in your chosen area of interest. These can all set you towards a successful path in your early career. Global health is such a varied field and it can be tough sometimes to find your footing. After talking to so many individuals in different periods of their careers, you can see how global health can allow individuals to shift and flow into different career trajectories over the years, and that’s the joy of this field! 

Simon Peyda Moore

BSc in Biomedicine, Karolinska Institutet 2008-2012
MSc in Biomedicine, Karolinska Institutet 2012-2014
MSc in Global Health, Uppsala University 2017-2019

My name is Simon Peyda Moore and my career in global health took half a life-time to launch. It’s never too late! When I was a teenager, Swedish television broadcast a documentary about Band Aid. I saw those images of the Ethiopian famine in the 1980s and it was an absolute gut punch; I wanted to help! That's how I found The ONE Campaign, where I still volunteer to fight extreme poverty. As a teenager, I loved our slogan: "We don't want your money, we want your voice".

Right after that, in 2008, I attended Karolinska Institutet. I left with a Master’s degree in Biomedicine in 2014. Between 2015 and 2017, I worked as a research assistant in cognitive neuroscience. I found that job through a Facebook group for KI students.

Then I returned to school and Uppsala University to follow my passion for Global Health. I graduated again in 2019 with a second Master’s degree. During my studies, I worked weekends as a research assistant in a project about dyslexia in kids. In the summer between my two years in Uppsala, I worked as a team leader for a fundraising team with UNICEF Sweden.

Since 2020, I work at the Center for Epidemiology and Community Medicine (CES) within Region Stockholm. I found this role after advice from a former lecturer at Uppsala University. My role is in implementation and evaluation, which I learned about from their course in the Global Health programme. Another part of my job is the data visualisation tool and website "Folkhälsokollen". In the future, I want to learn more about improving user experiences (UX) like this, in public health.

In May 2021, I got to share my journey for the first Career Talks event with the Student Section of GlobeLife. Please feel welcome to contact me if you have any questions about how to navigate this wide field of work.

Adam Martak

My name is Adam and my journey into the global health field began following 4 years spent on the business side of life sciences in various European countries focusing on the technology transfer and diagnostics. Currently I have been working the development and establishment of the first Slovak Health Technology Assessment (HTA) agency. I have a B.Sc in Molecular Biology from the University of Sheffield and decided to continue to study and obtained a M.Sc in Bioentrepreneurship from the Karolinska institute.

Chu Chen

Chu Chen has a M.SC in Global Health from Uppsala University. Prior to her master’s studies she obtained a Bachelors of Medicine in preventative medicine from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China. Chu has extensive experience working in the medical field, having worked with MSF in fundraising and at Uppsala University as a research assistant. Currently Chu is working for Stockholm region for Centrum för epidemiologi och samhälsmedicin as an officer of Physical Activity as well as doing affiliative research with Karolinska Institutet. Chu’s big tip for current Master students is to be “active in your learning and opportunities exist everywhere.

Last modified: 2021-06-10