Master’s Thesis opportunity in spring 2018: Explore the double burden of diabetes and tuberculosis in Moldova – University of Copenhagen

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01 December 2017

Master’s Thesis opportunity in spring 2018: Explore the double burden of diabetes and tuberculosis in Moldova

As part of a long standing partnership between the Global Health Section and the World Diabetes Foundation (WDF) we offer a unique opportunity to write your Master’s Thesis (Msc/Ms) in collaboration with the Association for the Study of Chronic Diseases (ASCD) in Moldova.

The scholarship is offered under the umbrella of a joint partnership programme between the Global Health Section and the World Diabetes Foundation. The purpose of the pre-graduate scholarship is to enable close interaction between ambitious students and the global health environment, and to give the students a chance to become immersed in relevant projects in developing countries. At the same time adding value in the local partner context.

Since 2015, WDF has supported the project ‘Bridging diabetes and TB control’ in Moldova with the aim of improving detection and treatment of people with diabetes and tuberculosis (TB). In the course of the project, TB patients have been screened for diabetes. ASCD has collected cross-sectional and follow-up data (glucose assessment) for a sub-sample of patients with diabetes and TB. It is envisaged that these data will constitute the basis of the thesis.

The scholarship is offered to a Master’s Student from Public Health or Global Health. You are ambitious, self-driven, diplomatic and able to work in an international and inter-cultural setting. You share our interest in the double burden of disease, are well versed in epidemiology and quantitative research methodology as a basis for writing your Master’s Thesis.

Your role and tasks:

  • Undertake a literature review as part of the Master’s Thesis
  • Develop a research protocol in collaboration with the University of Copenhagen and ASCD. Dirk Lund Christensen, Associate Professor at the Section of Global Health will function as the primary supervisor
  • Undertake a study/field trip to Moldova (March-April 2018) to ensure data cleaning, validation and quality
  • Analyse data according to protocol
  • Write the thesis which should include a set of recommendations for future steps
  • Write a debriefing report to WDF which summarises key findings and recommendations

As part of the scholarship, WDF offers the capacity of a secondary supervisor and a desk in an international and dynamic workspace at our office in Bagsværd. Through the mechanics of the Programme, you will be awarded a scholarship of a lump sum of EUR 1,000 to cover airfares and accommodation during the two months study/field trip in Moldova. During the field trip you will refer to Dr Natalia Palarie, Head of ASCD. ASCD offers a work station at their office in Orhei and can assist with identifying accommodation in Chisinau. You are expected to arrange local transportation yourself.

Please send a brief motivation (max. half a page), your CV and transcript of grades to Mette Skar at

Deadline for applications: 15 December 2017

About the World Diabetes Foundation (WDF): Set up by Novo Nordisk A/S in 2002 as a self-governing, independent foundation, dedicated to supporting prevention and treatment of diabetes in developing countries