Christopher Whitty DSc FMedSci FRCP FFPH

Professor of International Health

Christopher Whitty's Background

Christopher Whitty is a clinical epidemiologist who works as a physician and in international public health and policy. He trained in medicine and physiological science in Oxford, worked as a clinician in Oxford, Edinburgh, London, Malawi, Thailand and in public health research in Africa, Asia and the UK. Postgraduate training in epidemiology, economics and law. Currently seconded as Chief Scientific Advisor and Director Research & Evidence Division (currently acting as Direcor of Policy), 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. 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.

Christopher Whitty's Affiliation

Christopher Whitty's Teaching

PhD/MD students, DTM&H, various MScs.

Christopher Whitty's Research

Epidemiology and trials, economic, pathophysiology and social studies in the UK, Africa and Asia. Particular interest in diagnosis of infectious disease. Previous research in infectious and cardiovascular diseases and ethnic differences in health. Current collaborations include Tanzania, Ghana, Yemen, South Sudan, Afghanistan.

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.

Other interests

  • ACT
  • Adherence
  • Diagnostics,
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