I developed an interest in public health during my foundation training when I realised that many of the root causes of ill-health could best be tackled at the population level. The MSc in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine provided an inspiring introduction into the world of population medicine. As part of my Public Health Training Scheme at the Oxford School of Public Health I worked at a Primary Care Trust, the Health Protection Agency, Oxford University’s Department of Public Health and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. The University-based placements gave me experience of global health research and led to my decision to undertake a PhD at the Nuffield Department of Population Health. My research is on perinatal depression in refugee and migrant women on the Thai-Myanmar border.