Hilary Bower MSc

Research Fellow UK Public Health Rapid Support Team


Hilary Bower joined LSHTM as research fellow in 2015. She is currently one of the eight-person UK Public Health Rapid Support Team charged with response to, and research in, epidemic diseases and outbreaks, which is a collaboration between LSHTM and Public Health England, supported by Department of Health Overseas Development Assistance funds.

Her research interests are emerging and epidemic infectious diseases and improving outbreak responses and interventions. In 2014-15 during the West African Ebola epidemic, she was deployed in Sierra Leone as an epidemiologist with Médecins Sans Frontières in Bo, worked on the EBOVAC-Salone vaccine trial, and led LSHTM field research into transmission and asymptomatic infection in Ebola survivor households in the Western Area.

Before this, she worked for 8 years in the field with MSF as a medical coordinator and epidemiologist in locations including South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Chad, Uzbekistan, India, Myanmar and Pakistan. She was an Operations Advisor in MSF Operational Centre Amsterdam in 2012-13 and represented MSF in Washington DC in 2011-2012. From 1999 to 2001, she was an emergency field officer with WHO. Her first career was in health and science journalism in the UK and New Zealand. She holds Masters in Epidemiology and in Public Health for Developing Countries (LSHTM) and a BA in Political Science from Canterbury University, NZ.




Tutors on Basic Epidemiology and the Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Diseases modules.


Ebola transmission, asymptomatic infection, seroprevalence surveys

Aetiology of severe undifferentiated febrile illness

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Research areas

  • Complex interventions
  • Conflict
  • Disease control
  • Global Health
  • Implementation research
  • Mixed methods
  • Outbreaks
  • Public health
  • Qualitative methods
  • Surveillance
  • Systematic reviews


  • Epidemiology
  • Operational research

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Emerging Infectious Disease
  • Infectious disease
  • Pandemic diseases
  • Tropical diseases
  • Zoonotic disease

Other interests

  • Epidemic preparedness
  • Humanitarian healthcare
  • outbreak response
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