Natasha Howard AB MSc DrPH(c)

Assistant Professor Global Health and Conflict


Before joining LSHTM in 2005, Natasha was reproductive health technical officer for WHO country office in Myanmar, focusing on maternal and newborn health initiatives, and worked with HealthNet TPO in Afghanistan researching malaria in pregnancy. Prior to this, Natasha set up a malaria control programme for Population Services International (PSI) in Myanmar, conducting vector, socio-economic research and marketing research and developing pre-packaged malaria diagnostic kits and mefloquine-artesunate treatment packs for use by private general practitioners and worked in TB treatment, obstetrics, and community development in Jordan. She received a bachelor's in international development from University of California at Davis, an MSc in public health in developing countries from LSHTM, and is finishing a DrPH focussing on malaria control for Afghans.




Natasha has tought on several modules including PHM207 Health Care Evaluation, PHM101 Basic Epidemiology, PHM209 Globalisation and Health, and PHM214 Conflict and Health and previously coordinated development and served as a course director for the MSc in Global Health Policy (2011-2013). 

She is currently preparing the third edition of the Introduction to Epidemiology textbook with Ilona Carneiro. She contributes regularly to teaching materials, particularly for distance learning, having co-authored two chapters for the 2016 second edition of the Health Care Evaluation textbook, co-authored the 2011 second edition of the Introduction to Epidemiology textbook, and led development and writing of the the 2012 first edition of the Conflict and Health textbook. 

Natasha accepts approximately one new PhD/DrPH student per year, with research interests in conflict-affected populations and the effects of conflict on health, service delivery, and health systems.


Natasha is director of the LSHTM Security, Conflict, and Health Research (SCaHR) programme. This multidisciplinary programme draws on theories and methodologies from international relations, organisational and healthcare management, and clinical and social epidemiology to engage in theoretical, empirical and policy-relevant research into the relationship between health and security and health-related issues in settings affected by political conflict and violence. 

Most of her research is in low and lower-middle income countries and conflict-affected situations. She is currently seeking funding for ongoing work examining the health systems effects of the forced migration crisis in Europe. Other research projects include synthesising evidence on HPV vaccine demonstration programmes in LMICs, evaluation of integrated reproductive health and HIV services in Kenya and Swaziland, and assessment of malaria control in Afghanistan and Myanmar.

Within the UK, she completed a Scottish government funded scoping study of European responses to female genital mutilation with the Scottish Refugee Council and an ESRC-funded evaluation of perpetrator programmes for domestic violence in the UK with colleagues from London Metropolitan University and Durham University. 

Research areas

  • Conflict
  • Disease control
  • Global Health
  • Health policy
  • Health services research
  • Health systems
  • Reproductive health


  • Epidemiology
  • Management
  • Medicine
  • Social Sciences

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Emerging Infectious Disease
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Infectious disease
  • Malaria
  • Sexually transmitted infection
  • Tropical diseases


  • Arab World
  • East Asia & Pacific (developing only)
  • Least developed countries: UN classification
  • Middle East & North Africa (all income levels)
  • South Asia

Other interests

  • Armed conflict
  • Asia
  • Centre for Evaluation
  • Centre for Global Mental Health
  • Conflict affected populations
  • Ebola
  • Low And Middle Income Countries
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Southeast Asia
  • fragile states
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