Christopher Whitty CB DSc FRCP FFPH FMedSci

Professor of Public and International Health


Chris Whitty is a physician and epidemiologist. 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). 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. Seconded as Chief Scientific Adviser, UK Department for International Development (DFID) 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). Previous posts include director of the multidisciplinary LSHTM Malaria Centre which extends from immunology and molecular biology to clinical studies and economics, trustee of the international health NGO Merlin, chair of the Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens (ACDP) and 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 available on malaria, Ebolaimported infections into the UK, health at the extreme ages of life, demography, eradicating disease, improving neonatal health, heart disease in the elderly, stroke, dementiaclimate 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.

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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