Dr Rein Houben PhD

Associate Professor in Infectious Disease Epidemiology

About Rein Houben

Epidemiologist with extensive experience in tuberculosis and molecular epidemiology, currently working in the field of tuberculosis mathematical modelling.


I came to the School in 2006, working primarily on the molecular epidemiology of Tuberculosis. After spending 3 years working on field studies in North Malawi, I moved back to London in 2012 to join the TB modelling and Analysis Consortium (www.tb-mac.org) and LSHTM TB modelling group.




I have taught on a wide variety of courses in the In House and Distance Learning MSc Epidemiology. My organisational responsibilities have included EPM103: Practical Epidemiology (where I still run the Virtual Ethics Committee) and EPM302: Modelling and Dynamics of Infectious Diseases. Currently I am a module co-organiser for EP202: Statistical Methods in Epidemiology


My main research focus is creating mathematical models that can inform TB policy and enable capacity building. I lead the development and implementation of TIME, a widely used TB modelling tool. I also work on models to improve our understanding of burden and treatment of latent TB infection as well as social determinants of TB.

Research areas

  • Modelling


  • Epidemiology
  • Mathematical modelling

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Tuberculosis


  • Euro area
  • South Asia
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)
  • World
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