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Health Equity Hackathon, hosted by MSD & Lilly

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Deadline: 21st August 2022
8 days remaining to apply for this job
Length: Virtual Experience
Roles: Information Technology, Science/Research, Business Management, Marketing
Location: Central London and City

Health Equity Hackathon, hosted by MSD & Lilly

We need you! On 5th September & 8th September 2022, MSD’s LEAD Network (The League of Employees of African Descent) and Lilly’s embRACE Network will be hosting an exclusive in-person hackathon for undergraduate students, of all academic backgrounds interested in pursuing a career within the Life Sciences industry. This isn’t just an IT hack! We are looking for people of all degree types to hack the health equity problem.

Who we are…?

At MSD, known as Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, NJ, USA in the United States and Canada, we are unified around our purpose: We use the power of leading-edge science to save and improve lives around the world. For more than a century, we’ve been at the forefront of research, bringing forward medicines, vaccines and innovative health solutions for the world’s most challenging diseases.

At Lilly, we are leading with purpose. We’re pursuing bold advancements in medicine and pushing to close gaps in health care inequality. We’re finding new paths that may lead to the next big breakthroughs, while embracing the diverse perspectives that advance our innovation. No matter what we’re focused on, we never lose sight of our purpose; to make life better for people around the world.

Health Equity Hackathon – What is it?

The event will give those selected to participate the opportunity to get a deeper insight and the opportunity to hear from subject matter experts, contribute ideas towards a critical business objective and has the potential to have a real impact on people’s lives.

On the day, you will be placed into a team of fellow students and tasked with exploring the subject of improving ethnic health equity. You will work together to create and propose solutions to this business case that you will then present to a panel of our senior leaders.

All participants selected to attend will be given the opportunity to participate in additional exclusive career building opportunities organised by MSD & Lilly following the event. Additionally, participants will also have the opportunity to have their 2022 student/industrial placement applications fast tracked. More details of how this process will work at each respective organisation will be given to participants during the event.

What is Health Equity and why is improving ethnic health inequalities important?

The World Health Organisation defines health equity as the absence of unfair and avoidable or remediable differences in health among population groups. Health equity is the opportunity for every person to attain their full health potential, irrespective of social position or other socially determined circumstances.

Inequities in health and healthcare appear across the healthcare ecosystem, with variations of these inequities across ethnic groups. Ethnic inequalities in health outcomes are evident at every stage throughout the life course, from birth to death. These health inequalities can manifest as limited access, unmet needs, or underserved communities.

Differences between people can often lead to different responses to variation in healthcare delivery. Health outcomes may differ among population subgroups depending on many factors including sex, age, race, ethnicity, lifestyle and genetic background. Reducing inequities in health benefits all of society, by strengthening our healthcare systems and contributes to economic growth.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • You will be an undergraduate student of any academic background with an interest in moving into pharmaceutical working environment
  • You will be looking to complete a placement year as part of your degree with a potential start date for the placement year of Summer 2023
  • You are not expected to have previous experience or have a working knowledge of any sector of the pharmaceutical industry, but you should have a passion for healthcare

How do I register my interest to participate?

Please complete the short registration form and attach a copy of your most up-to-date CV and your answers to the two questions listed below.

Please answer the following questions:

  • What does health equity mean to you?
  • What motivates you to pursue a career in Pharmaceuticals?

Maximum word count: 400 words. Please do not exceed this.

Please note, that there is not a designated section in the application form to upload your answers, so please upload it in the same section as your CV (e.g. you can either put your answers at the start or end of your CV or type them up on a separate page and then combine your CV document and your answers document together to upload as one single document).

Once you have submitted your interest, your submission will then be reviewed, and you will be contacted with an outcome by Friday 26 August 2022.

Format of the Event

The event will be split across 2 days. The first day of the event on 5th September 2022 will be held virtually. The second day of the event on 8th September 20222 will be held in-person at a venue in London.

Deadline for Submissions

11:59pm UK Time, Sunday 21st August 2022

Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis so it’s best to submit your interest early. This event will close for submissions ahead of the deadline stated above in the event we receive a high volume of submissions.

Submissions that do not follow the registration guidance listed above may not be considered.

Event Open for submissions

Tuesday 19th July 2022

*For international students, please ensure that your visa allows you to complete a placement

About MSD

At MSD, we are inspired by a shared vision and mission to save and improve lives.

We are a global biopharmaceutical leader with a diverse portfolio of prescription medicines, oncology, vaccines and animal health products. We are driven by our purpose to develop and deliver innovative products that save and improve lives. With over 70,000 employees operating in more than 140 countries, we offer state of the art laboratories, plants and offices that are designed to Inspire our employees as we learn, develop and grow in our careers. We are proud of over 125 years of service to humanity and continue to be one of the world’s biggest investors in Research & Development.

How to apply

To apply for this programme and to find out more, please click on the apply button below.

Please note that applications may close before the application deadline, so apply early to avoid disappointment.

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