Christopher Whitty CB DSc FRCP FFPH FMedSci

Professor of Public and International Health

Christopher Whitty's Background

Chris Whitty is a physician and epidemiologist who works in public health and policy. Currently seconded as Chief Scientific Advisor and Director Research & Evidence, UK Department for International Development (DFID) alongside continuing LSHTM and NHS roles. NHS consultant physician in tropical and infectious diseases at The Hospital for Tropical Diseases, acute general medicine at UCLH, and consultant epidemiologist for the Public Health England Malaria Reference Laboratory. Visiting Gresham Professor of Public Health, Gresham College. 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 law (LLM). Prior to post with DFID Director of the LSHTM Malaria Centre, trustee of Merlin, chair of the Department of Health National Expert Panel on New and Emerging Infections (NEPNEI) and director of the ACT Consortium. Within DFID has also acted as Director of Policy and has various cross-government roles.

Christopher Whitty's Affiliation

Christopher Whitty's Teaching

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, getting science into policy. An example of blog debate here (on evidence in policy).

Christopher Whitty's Research

Epidemiology and trials, economic, pathophysiology and 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 include Tanzania, Ghana, Yemen, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Malawi, Uganda.

Research areas

  • 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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