As part of our RSPH member spotlight series, we meet Darshita Singh, Visiting Lecturer at the Global Business School for Health, University College London (UCL), at which she teaches postgraduate students in Global Health Management. Alongside this, Darshita has been a researcher with the Global Surgery Policy Unit at the London School of Economics (LSE).

As an RSPH Fellow, Darshita is part of a diverse range of members whose expertise affects public health at every level. Our members use that network to strengthen their own impact and collaborate to further improve public health outcomes.

What is your favourite part of your role?

My favourite part of my role is the intersection of academia and research. I enjoy guiding postgraduate students at UCL's Global Business School for Health and integrating insights from my research experience at the London School of Economics into teaching. It's fulfilling to see how theoretical knowledge translates into practical applications in global health & management.

Can you give us an overview of your career path?

My career commenced with a Bachelor's in Dental Surgery, followed by a Master's in Public Health from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India. Working extensively on diverse public health projects at grassroots levels sharpened my skills and ignited a passion for research. Pursuing a second Master's in Global Health Policy at the London School of Economics broadened my horizons, exposing me to global health challenges and innovations. However, it was my role as a Researcher at the Global Surgery Policy Unit within LSE that truly catalysed my research journey.

Under the guidance of my supervisor and the GSPU team at LSE, I delved deep into the realm of global surgery policy, contributing to impactful research publications. This experience not only enhanced my expertise in research methodologies but also solidified my commitment to academia and evidence-based policymaking.

How do you support public health and wellbeing in your role?

I support and enhance public health and wellbeing through rigorous research, evidence-based policymaking, and academia. By contributing to research projects, I strive to identify critical gaps in global health systems and propose effective solutions, ultimately leading to better health outcomes for communities worldwide.

Furthermore, my work as a visiting lecturer allows me to educate future healthcare leaders. By imparting knowledge on healthcare management and policy, I empower students to address pressing public health challenges and drive positive change in their respective fields

What areas of public health are you the most passionate about?

I'm driven by the pursuit of equitable access to healthcare. Addressing disparities in healthcare access and outcomes is crucial for ensuring that everyone, regardless of their socioeconomic status or geographic location, has the opportunity to lead a healthy life.

I'm also passionate about global health policy and systems strengthening. By researching and advocating for policies that enhance health systems' resilience and responsiveness, we can improve health outcomes on a global scale.

How did you find out about RSPH and what do you enjoy most about your membership?

I discovered RSPH while seeking out organisations within UK, and globally, for networking and research in public health. What I appreciate most about my membership is the chance to collaborate with fellow leaders in public health across diverse themes. RSPH provides valuable research collaboration and networking events that bring members together to share visions for public health improvement. These opportunities for research collaboration and networking align with my commitment to advancing public health evidence based outcomes through collective action and shared knowledge.

What do you do to take care of your own health and wellbeing?

To maintain my own health and well-being, I prioritise two activities that bring me immense joy and balance: Indian Classical dance and Yoga. Dancing allows me to explore new perspectives and expand my cognitive horizons, while Yoga cultivates focus, confidence, and determination. I integrate both practices into my daily routine, finding them deeply therapeutic. Through consistent engagement in dance and Yoga, I nurture my physical, mental, and emotional wellness, fostering a holistic approach to self-care.

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