Uju Onuorah

MSc Global Health (Global Future Leaders Scholarship)

My name is Uju Onuorah. I am a Nigerian by birth. I am a Nutritionist. I graduated with a first class in Nutrition from the University of Nigeria Nsukka. I am currently working as an Intern Dietitian in a teaching hospital here in Nigeria.

I’m particularly passionate about guiding people to make sustainable healthy food choices with the available foods around them. I believe food should be accessible, affordable and nutritious for all. More importantly, I’m interested in how diet helps reduce the risk of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and hypertension. I want to specialize in conducting researches that would add to the body of knowledge and policy making as regards NCDs.

I love to talk about nutrition and health, my Instagram page, @thegeeky_nutritionist, is packed with expert nutrition advice, tips, and tools to help individuals practice healthy eating with my  goal of helping to solve Sustainable Development Goals 2 and 3; Zero Hunger and Good health and wellbeing. When I’m  not doing a nutrition/health related work/project you can catch me whipping up a new recipe or reading a book.

Why did you decide to study at LSTM? 

I found the  course modules for the MSc. Global Health programme in sync with some of the skills I wanted to gain. These modules include the; research methods and  leadership in health systems module which are core modules and the qualitative research in a global world which is an optional module. I also read the experiences of past students on the blog page and I knew I wanted to be part of the LSTM community as a student.

Why is it important for organisation like LSTM to offer scholarships? 

Many aspiring global health professionals like me maybe first generation students who desire to make huge impact in their community but maybe limited because of poor funding for graduate studies.  One scholarship changes the life of a student and gives them the opportunity to birth the change they earnestly desire to see in their community. This scholarship has positively  changed my life. 

Once you complete your studies what do you want to do? 

Im particularly passionate about non-communicable diseases as a global health problem. I intend to apply the knowledge and skills I would gain here to impact in my community by proffering strategies to curb NCDs challenges. I intend to work with health organizations focused on NCDs to bring about sustainable health and well-being in my community.


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