Resa hosts a discussion  with Helen Weiss MsC DPhil from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in London, England, UK.

Dr. Weiss is a professor of Epidemiology and Director of the MRC (Medical Research Council) Tropical Epidemiology Group at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Twitter @LSHTM + @MRCTEG_LSHTM

A statistician by training, Helen is a global health epidemiologist. Her research topics include and are not limited to HIV prevention, mental health, and adolescent health in low and middle income countries. A list of Helen’s publications on PubMed

Resa and Helen discuss why Masters programs, such as Epidemiology and Public Health are a good match for Emergency Medicine providers.  They also discuss #GenderEquity in leadership positions.  There are many women in public health and epidemiology yet this does not necessarily translate into women populating the highest ranks and leadership positions.

The Athena SWAN charter was established in 2005. The intention is to recognize and encourage a commitment to advancing the careers of women in STEMM by institutions of higher education and research. Since 2011,  academic departments applying for funding from the English National Institution of Health Research must hold at least the Athena SWAN silver award. In May 2015 the charter was expanded to include non-STEM departments and to cover communities, such as professional and support staff, technical staff, trans staff, and students. Since 2011,  funding from some UK funding bodies is tied to the level of Athena SWAN award held.