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Congratulations to Adeel Iqbal & the IEF

Former chairman and founder of the International Education Fund, Adeel Iqbal, received Imperial College's prestigious 'Student Award for Outstanding Achievement'. Adeel and his dedicated team invested much energy and enthusiasm into developing an organisation which brings together the talents of enthusiastic students to bring about positive academic changes in third world countries. Amongst Adeel's major achievement has been partnering with a school for blind children in Kashmir. The IEF is growing rapidly and is now under the leadership of fifth year medical student Suha Bachir who is launching a project to help refugee children in the Western Sahara, Africa. This project is to be launched on the 11th November 2009 at Imperial College Business School.

Medics at Imperial College Business School

Medics at Imperial College Business School is a new student club formed to act as a networking portal for doctors enrolled onto the various MSc and MBA courses at the Business School and the MPH Programme in the Faculty of Medicine. It will provide a common ground for medics looking to diversify their career and take-up challenging roles both inside and outside of clinical medicine. The group plans to invite alumni and other guest speakers to the business school to share their experiences and also invite companies working in the healthcare sector for campus presentations and networking sessions. In the long term, it will become a connecting link between the business school and the medical profession by organizing talks to discuss issues that matter the most to healthcare. The group held a successful evening event on global health on July 24 2009. Watch-out for other dates and do join the group or email any suggestions you may have to suraj.bassi08 at imperial.ac.uk or ayodele.kazeem08…

Statistical Package for MPH

Our recommended statistical package for the MPH course is Stata. All students are supplied with a copy of Stata for their laptops and it is also available on teaching classroom PCs. Stata provides many functions for data analysis, data management, and graphics. Although Stata can be run in a menu-driven 'point & click mode', we recommend that you take the time to learn Stata commands and use the command-line interface. Christopher Baum from Boston College explains why this is good idea. There are many useful Stata resources on the web. A few are listed below.

http://www.cpc.unc.edu/services/computer/presentations/statatutorial

http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/

http://data.princeton.edu/stata/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stata

Student Facilities at Charing Cross Hospital Campus

Facilities for MPH students at the Reynolds Building at the Charing Cross Hospital Campus include the library on the Second Floor. This has study areas, wi-fi facilities, and a computer lab (approx 25 PCs). There is also another computer lab in the basement (next to ICT) with about 15 PCs. There is also the open area on the First Floor which can’t be booked but is quite useful for group breakout activities. There is also the student bar and canteen on the ground floor of the Reynolds Building.

Start of New Term

The 2009-10 MPH course starts on Monday October 5th at St. Mary;s Hospital. On Tuesday October 6th, students will be in the Department of Primary Care & Social Medicine at the Charing Cross Hospital Campus. Some recommended reading for students is listed below.

Bonita R, Beaglehole R and Kjellstrom T (2006) Basic Epidemiology (2nd ed.). World Health Organization, Geneva.

Hennekens C and Buring J (1987) Epidemiology in medicine. Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins.

Peacock J and Kerry S (2007) Presenting Medical Statistics from Proposal to Publication: a Step-by-Step Guide. Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Pencheon D, Guest C, Melzer D and Gray M Eds. (2006) Oxford Handbook of Public Health Practice (2nd Edition). Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Rose G (2008) The Strategy of Preventive Medicine, Oxford University Press, Oxford.