Name: Pardis Lakzadeh
Graduate Program: Master of Science (Health Economics)
Awards: Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technology in Health (CADTH) Health Economics Studentship Award (2014); Pfizer Canada Studentship (2013)
While studying human nutrition as an undergraduate at UBC, Pardis Lakzadeh was introduced to public health – specifically, worldwide malnourishment and illness.
“The complexity of different factors that contributed to the health status of large populations worked to shift my focus from an individual level of health to a more holistic, population level.”
To further her curiosity about global malnutrition, Pardis moved to Cambodia to participate in “Fish on Farms” – a project designed to improve the lives and nutritional status of rural Cambodians. For three months, Pardis worked with local Helen Keller International staff to examine local social behaviour around food production and assess gender dynamics in this setting. Their findings were incorporated into a report that outlined a gender informed intervention strategy for the project moving forward. Ultimately, they implemented a project that improved the income and diversity of nutritional foods available to participating households, while also being cognizant of the local culture and customs.
Under the supervision of Dr. Larry Lynd, who she met while in Cambodia, Pardis is currently focusing her thesis on an economic evaluation of Fish on Farms.
She also had the opportunity to share her research with fellow UBC graduate studends as a 3MT (3 Minute Thesis) finalist in 2014.
Pardis wants to continue in her current research field, focusing on economic assessments of various health programs. She plans to explore nutrition-focused programs and identify those that are most effective at improving the nutrition and overall health of populations.
“The diversity at SPPH has opened my eyes to the breadth in public health, a form of understanding that goes beyond the classroom. This exposure has really helped me recognize where I can apply the academic knowledge and skills that I have gained during my master’s degree.”