Name: Lauren MacKenzie
Graduate Program: Master of Public Health
Awards: BMS/CTN Postdoctoral Fellowship Award (2015), CTN Postdoctoral Fellowship Award (2014), Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship – Master’s (2014)
While completing her Infectious Diseases Residency Training at the University of Manitoba in 2014, Lauren MacKenzie developed an interest in population and public health – specifically as it relates to people living with HIV.
“I wanted to pursue a Master of Public Health to help me develop the skills and tools I would need to make an impact at a larger, population health level.”
Lauren chose to follow her interests by enrolling in the Master of Public Health at SPPH. Specifically, she was attracted to the distributed learning format that SPPH offers, which allows her to attend classes while also completing her residency in the University of Manitoba Clinician Investigator Program, and pursuing research at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.
Under the supervision of Drs. Mark Hull and Julio Montaner, Lauren is currently focusing her research on how HIV care outcomes in British Columbia are influenced by remoteness and rurality. Her hope is to “help inform targeted changes to the delivery of care in rural and remote areas, and improve the health of the individuals living there.”
“It’s been really eye opening to explore the different facets and impacts of public health at SPPH. The professors have been extremely engaging and supportive, and I’m very excited to start my second year.”