Dr Tanya Marchant MSc PhD

Associate Professor


Tanya is Deputy Director of the MARCH Centre, and has training in demography (Demography in Health MSc, LSHTM, 1996) and epidemiology (Epidemiology PhD, Swiss Tropical Institute, 2001).

She lived in The Gambia at the Farafenni Medical Reseach Centre site 1990-95 working for Harvard School of Public Health; in Ifakara, Tanzania 1997-2000 working for Ifakara Health Institute and Swiss Tropical Institute; and in Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania 2001-07 working for LSHTM and IHI. Since 2007 Tanya has been based at LSHTM in London.




Tanya has been providing support to students on the MSc Public Health for Development (previously Public Health in Developing Countries) since 2007, and is co-module organiser for the stats and epidemiology module Analysis and Design of Research Studies.


Tanya carries our implementation research, using measurement to improve access to and coverage of life saving care. Her work has centred around issues in reproductive and child health. This began with investigations into fertility preferences and priorities in Gambia and Tanzania and moved onto the prevention of anaemia and malaria in pregnancy. More recently her focus has been on improving use of evidence at project, district and national scales to enhance health care delivery to mothers and newborns in sub Saharan African and India.  Tanya currently supervises four PhD students, all of whom investigate issues of measurement or health care delivery for girls, women, and newborns in low-income settings.

Research areas

  • Complex interventions
  • Equity
  • Evaluation
  • Evidence use
  • Implementation research
  • Maternal health
  • Neonatal health
  • Public health
  • Quality improvement
  • Reproductive health


  • Epidemiology
  • Operational research

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Infectious disease


  • South Asia
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)


  • Ethiopia
  • India
  • Nigeria
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda

Other interests

  • Malaria Centre
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