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Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, University of Dundee, Scotland
BMSc International Health, Upper 2nd Class Honours, University of Dundee, Scotland
M.P.H., University of Queensland, Australia

As an undergraduate student, Rachel completed a Bachelor’s in International Health as well as a degree in Medicine at the University of Dundee, graduating in 2014.

Her interest in public health began during her studies in International Health, which enabled her to spend several weeks in a rural area of Malawi collecting data on the risk factors for TB mortality in this population. Since graduating from medical school in 2014, she has gained over three years of clinical experience in Scotland working in multiple specialties including general internal medicine, geriatrics, community rehabilitation, general practice, and pediatrics within both affluent and deprived areas.

Her clinical work has highlighted the extent to which societal disparities in income, education, and neighborhood opportunities can affect health behavior, risk of illness, and health outcomes. Through her MPH studies at the University of Queensland, she has further developed her understanding of health inequalities and the social determinants of health, particularly within Australia and other developed countries such as the UK and USA.

She hopes to progress her interests in this area during her PhD by focusing on the effects of social, economic, and political factors on the health of vulnerable or marginalized groups.