I joined the Public Health Training Scheme in August 2019 and will be reading for the MSc in Global Health Science and Epidemiology at Oxford University during the first year. My background is in medicine – I trained at Guy’s, King’s & St Thomas’s, and then did my foundation years in the South Thames region. My initial interest in public health came from my medical elective in Timor-Leste, where I was particularly struck by the huge burden of tuberculosis, and the difficulties in combating it effectively; especially in a country struggling with severe infrastructure issues and health inequalities. I am excited to take up training in a varied speciality which will allow me to have an impact on the wider determinants of health in society.