Christopher Whitty CB DSc FRCP FFPH FMedSci

Professor of Public and International Health


Chris Whitty is a physician and epidemiologist who works in public health and policy as well as research. NHS consultant physician in tropical and infectious diseases at The Hospital for Tropical Diseases, acute general medicine at UCLH, and consultant epidemiologist for Public Health England Malaria Reference Laboratory. Visiting Gresham Professor of Public Health, Gresham College. Seconded as Chief Scientific Advisor and Director Research & Evidence, UK Department for International Development (DFID) alongside LSHTM and NHS roles 2009-2015. Trained in medicine and physiological science at Oxford, Edinburgh and London and worked as a clinician and in research in the UK, Africa and Asia. Postgraduate training in epidemiology (MSc LSHTM, DTM&H), economics (MBA, DipEcon) and medical law (LLM). Chair of the UK Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens (ACDP). Prior to post with DFID Director of the LSHTM Malaria Centre, trustee of Merlin, previously chair of the Department of Health National Expert Panel on New and Emerging Infections (NEPNEI), and director of the ACT Consortium. Acted as Director of Policy, DFID and has had various cross-government roles.




PhD/MD students, DTM&H, various MScs. Examples of some recent public lectures available on malaria, Ebolaimported infections into the UK, climate change in Africa, health at the extreme ages of life, demography, improving neonatal health, getting science into policy. An example of blog debate here (on evidence in policy).


Epidemiology and trials, economic, pathophysiology, mathematical model and qualitative and quantitative social science studies in the UK, Africa and Asia. Particular interest in diagnosis and management of infectious disease in children and adults. Previous research in cardiovascular diseases, ethnic differences in health and maternal health. Collaborations have included Tanzania, Ghana, Malawi, Uganda, South Sudan, Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan.

Research areas

  • Behaviour change
  • Clinical care
  • Complex interventions
  • Health policy
  • Public health


  • Epidemiology
  • Medicine
  • Policy analysis

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Infectious disease


  • Middle East & North Africa (developing only)
  • South Asia
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)


  • Afghanistan
  • Ghana
  • Malawi
  • Pakistan
  • South Sudan
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • United Kingdom
  • Yemen, Rep.
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