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, NHS consultant physician at UCLH in acute general medicine and in infectious diseases at The Hospital for Tropical Diseases, and consultant epidemiologist for Public Health England MRL. 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). Previous posts include director of the multidisciplinary LSHTM Malaria Centre which extends from immunology and molecular biology to clinical studies and economics, trustee of Merlin,  chair of the Department of Health 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 healthclimate change in Africa, 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.

Research areas

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


  • Epidemiology
  • Medicine
  • Policy analysis

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Infectious disease


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