Francesco Checchi OBE PhD

Professor of Epidemiology and International health


I am an epidemiologist whose main expertise is quantitative public health measurement and disease control in crisis (armed conflict, natural disaster, epidemic) settings. I have worked for Medecins Sans Frontieres, the World Health Organization and as a consultant for a variety of other agencies. I have spent several years at the School (2004-2012, 2017-present), and in between led Save the Children's humanitarian health team.

I have mixed experience in research, policy formulation and operational programme delivery in difficult and insecure settings. By mixed I mean diverse...although come to think of it some of it is definitely mixed.

I don't have a specific disease focus, though in the past I have done work on malaria, human African trypanosomiasis, tuberculosis, cholera, Ebola, acute malnutrition and vaccines.




MSc module Conflict & Health

MSc module Applying Public Health Principles in Developing Countries

MSc module Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Diseases (practicals only)

I also support external courses, e.g. for humanitarian health cluster coordination staff, and am looking to strengthen the School's teaching offer on different aspects of humanitarian public health.


While based at the School, I work mainly in a technical support capacity for Medecins Sans Frontieres / Epicentre and for the World Health Organization. My work mainly relates to improving public health information availability and use in ongoing crises worldwide.

Generally, I am always looking to increase the School's involvement in humanitarian public health work.

Research areas

  • Conflict
  • Migration
  • Natural disasters
  • Outbreaks
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