Adrianna Murphy BA MSc PhD

Assistant Professor Health Systems and Policy


I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Psychology from the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, CA) and a Master of Science degree in Global Public Health from Harvard University (Cambridge, US). My PhD at LSHTM focused on community-level determinants of health behaviour, particularly alcohol consumption in the former Soviet Union.

I am currently a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow in Society and Ethics. My research focuses on the impact of health care costs for cardiovascular disease on healthcare- seeking behaviour and risk of impoverishment among households in middle- and low-income countries. My research interests also include health systems and health care delivery in fragile or developing country settings. 

Prior to joining LSHTM, I worked at St. Michael's Hospital (University of Toronto) and at the Public Health Foundation of India (Delhi). 





I am a seminar leader for the modules Issues in Public Health and Conflict & Health. I also tutor students on the MSc in Public Health and supervised MSc distance-learning summer projects.


My research has predominantly focused on socio-economic causes and consequences of cardiovascular disease (and its risk factors) and mental illness. My particular interest is in access to healthcare for these diseases in low-income and post-conflict settings. I am associate editor of the journal Conflict & Health.

Research areas

  • Alcohol
  • Global Health
  • Health care policy
  • Health impact analysis
  • Health policy
  • Health services research
  • Mixed methods
  • Public health
  • Qualitative methods
  • Social and structural determinants of health
  • Substance abuse


  • Epidemiology
  • Policy analysis
  • Social Sciences

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Chronic disease
  • Malnutrition
  • Non-communicable diseases


  • Europe & Central Asia (developing only)
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)
  • World

Other interests

  • Access To Care
  • Access To Medicines
  • Alcohol policy in developing countries
  • Conflict affected populations
  • economics of health care
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