Professor Richard Hayes BSc MSc DSc FMedSci

Professor of Epidemiology and International Health


Richard Hayes has been working at the School since 1978, and for much of this period he has headed the MRC Tropical Epidemiology Group whose mission is to develop and apply statistical methods in tropical epidemiology and to carry out research on major public health problems of developing countries.




Richard is closely involved in the teaching of epidemiology and statistics, and is joint organiser of the module in Advanced Statistical Methods in Epidemiology. He was responsible for setting up the Short Course in Advanced Epidemiological Methods, now known as the Advanced Course in Epidemiological Analysis, and was also closely involved in the development of the School's Distance Learning MSc in Clinical Trials.


Richard is a statistical epidemiologist, whose main research interest is in the epidemiology of infectious diseases of public health importance in developing countries. He has a particular interest in the epidemiology and control of HIV and related infections, including sexually transmitted diseases and tuberculosis. He is one of the principal investigators of a collaborative programme of research in Mwanza, Tanzania whose aim is to develop and evaluate effective preventive interventions against the HIV epidemic, and helped to establish the new Mwanza Intervention Trials Unit which aims to develop as an East African centre of excellence in this area. He is also involved in collaborative research on HIV and related infections in other parts of Africa, including Uganda, Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Africa. Richard also conducts research on statistical and epidemiological methods, and is involved in work on the design and analysis of cluster-randomised trials, and on transmission models of HIV and other STDs. He is a senior member of the MRC Tropical Epidemiology Group and has jointly headed the Biostatistics Core of CREATE, a Gates-funded consortium to evaluate the impact of innovative TB control measures in HIV-endemic populations. Richard is PI of the HPTN 071 (PopART) trial which is evaluating the impact of a test-and-treat programme on population-level HIV incidence in Zambia and South Africa..

Research areas

  • Clinical trials
  • Complex interventions
  • Global Health
  • Impact evaluation
  • Randomised controlled trials


  • Epidemiology
  • Statistics

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Infectious disease
  • Sexually transmitted disease
  • Tuberculosis


  • Least developed countries: UN classification
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)


  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • United Kingdom
  • Zambia
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