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 clinical medicine. Professor of Public and International Health at LSHTM. Currently seconded as Chief Scientific Adviser, Department of Health (DH) alongside LSHTM and NHS roles; this includes leading the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and responsibility for supporting evidence based health policy and the UK life sciences industry. Consultant physician at UCLH in acute general medicine and in infectious diseases at The Hospital for Tropical Diseases, consultant epidemiologist at the MRL. Visiting Gresham Professor of Public Health, Gresham College, chair of the UK Clinical Research Consortium and of the UK vaccines network. Current additional role as Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK government. Seconded as Chief Scientific Adviser, UK Department for International Development (DFID) 2009-2015. Trained in medicine and physiological science in Oxford, Edinburgh and London, worked as a clinician and in research in the UK, Africa and Asia. Postgraduate training in epidemiology (MSc LSHTM, DTM&H), economics (MBA, DipEcon), medical law (LLM). Previous posts include director of the multidisciplinary LSHTM Malaria Centre, trustee of the international health NGO Merlin, chair of the Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens (ACDP) and of the National Expert Panel on New and Emerging Infections (NEPNEI), and director of the ACT Consortium.




PhD/MD students, DTM&H, various MScs. Examples of some recent public lectures online on communicable diseases including malaria, Ebola, Zika, imported infections, eradicating disease. Examples of lectures on non-communicable diseases include health at the extreme ages of life, demography, cancer treatment, cancer prevention, improving neonatal health, heart disease in the elderly, stroke, dementia. Examples of non-health public lectures include climate change in Africa, getting science into policy. An example of blog debate here (on evidence in policy) and opinion piece on getting research into policy here.


Epidemiology and trials, economic, pathophysiology, mathematical model and qualitative and quantitative social science studies. 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. Google scholar profile link here.

Research areas

  • Behaviour change
  • Clinical care
  • Complex interventions
  • Diagnostics
  • Disease control
  • Public health


  • Epidemiology
  • Medicine

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Infectious disease


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