Professor Jimmy Whitworth MD FMedSci FRCP FFPH DTM&H

Professor of International Public Health

About Jimmy Whitworth

Jimmy studies epidemics in developing countries, funded by the Wellcome Trust. He is deputy director and academic lead of the UK Public Health Rapid Support Team, funded by the Uk Government.


Jimmy is a physician, qualifying from Liverpool University in 1979, and specialises in infectious diseases, epidemiology and public health. Previous roles include working in The Gambia for Save the Children Fund, and in Bo, Sierra Leone for the Medical Research Council, where he worked on ivermectin for onchocerciasis from 1986-1990. He was Team Leader for the Medical Research Council Programme on AIDS, based at the Uganda Virus Research Institute in Entebbe, from 1995 until 2002. Jimmy has been an academic staff member at both the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where he was Professor of International Public Health from 1999-2004.

Previously Jimmy was Head of International Activities (2004-2013), and Population Health (2013-2015), at the Wellcome Trust where he was responsible for strategy, policy and developing the scientific portfolio for research on population science and public health research in the UK and in low and middle income countries.





Teaches on global public health, emerging infections and epidemics, onchocerciasis, hiv/malaria interactions to DTM&H and DTN students. Also teaches on Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Diseases, HIV, Malaria, and Study Design study units.


Holds grants from Wellcome Trust and MRC on epidemics and outbreak response, and the population impact of Zika virus in Brazil.

Research areas

  • Capacity strengthening
  • Clinical trials
  • Disease control
  • Evaluation
  • Global Health
  • Helminths
  • Implementation research
  • Natural disasters
  • Outbreaks
  • Parasites
  • Public health
  • Randomised controlled trials
  • Surveillance
  • Vaccines
  • Vector control
  • Viruses
  • Water


  • Epidemiology
  • Operational research
  • Parasitology

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Dengue
  • Emerging Infectious Disease
  • Eye diseases
  • Hospital acquired infection
  • Infectious disease
  • Influenza
  • Malaria
  • Measles
  • Meningitis
  • Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
  • Neurological disease
  • Pandemic diseases
  • Respiratory disease
  • Tropical diseases
  • Vector borne disease
  • Zoonotic disease


  • East Asia & Pacific (developing only)
  • Europe & Central Asia (all income levels)
  • Latin America & Caribbean (developing only)
  • Least developed countries: UN classification
  • Middle East & North Africa (developing only)
  • South Asia
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)


  • Brazil
  • Sierra Leone
  • Uganda

Other interests

  • Africa
  • Clinical Tropical Medicine
  • Co-infection
  • East Africa
  • Ebola
  • Ebola Virus Disease
  • Emerging Infectious Diseases
  • Epidemic preparedness
  • Grant Writing
  • HIV
  • India
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Onchocerciasis
  • outbreaks
  • rapid response
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