Public health medicine, moving from Malaysia to France and tips for applying to the WHO, with Arunah Chandran, MD, MSc, MPH, DrPH

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In this episode, Sujani sits down with public health physician Dr. Arunah Chandran. They discuss Arunah’s clinical work and how she became interested in the field of public health, her work at the Ministry of Health of Malaysia and experience moving to France to work with the IARC, and share job application tips for those interested in working with international organizations.

What You’ll Learn from this Episode:

  • The clinical encounters that led Arunah to becoming involved in the field of public health 
  • What additional training Arunah went through to become a public health physician
  • Arunah’s research and work in noncommunicable diseases and women’s health with the Ministry of Health in Malaysia
  • Finding different job opportunities within the same company or system
  • Advice on how to figure out if you should seek an additional degree or not
  • Arunah’s work with the IARC and her experience moving to a different country for work
  • Tips on applying for jobs with international organizations and the benefits of keeping a log of values and responsibilities you have had at every position

Today’s Guest:

Public health medicine specialist, with experience in clinical medicine, health systems, NCD policies, public health operations, and clinical research. Led national policy response for cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and cancers in Malaysia. Currently, focused on implementation and evaluation of affordable and equitable integrated multi-cancer early detection package to improve cancer outcomes in resource-constrained settings. Initially trained as a physician, I have a double Masters in Public Health and Medical Aesthetics/Anti-aging as well as a doctorate in Public Health (Epidemiology).

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