Dr Susannah Woodd MBChB MRCGP MSc

Research Fellow Epidemiology


My background is in medicine and I combine my role at the school with a part-time job as a general practitioner in South London. I started working at the school in September 2012 after completing the MSc in Public Health in Developing Countries. Prior to that I was head of the clinical department in a rural hospital in Malawi for nearly 5 years.  




I teach on in-house courses in statistics, epidemiology and public health - Statistics for Epidemiology  and Population Health (STEPH), Statistical Methods for Epidemiology (SME, co-organiser), Applying Public Health Principles in Developing Countries (APHPDC)


I am currently working on projects funded by the Soapbox Collaborative, a Scottish Charity aimed at understanding and improving clean birth practices to reduce maternal and newborn infections. My work has involved a feasibility study of clean birth kits in The Gambia, needs assessments of maternity units in The Gambia and Zanzibar, DHS analysis of obstetric risk and facility delivery and currently some formative research into behavioural determinants of hand hygiene among midwives in Zanzibar. 

I am interested in ways to estimate, monitor and reduce the burden and consequences of maternal sepsis.

Previously I worked on the NUSTART trial - an RCT of micronutrient and electrolyte supplements for malnourished HIV positive patients in Zambia and Tanzania.

Research areas

  • Behaviour change
  • Clinical care
  • Health workers
  • Hygiene
  • Maternal health
  • Neonatal health
  • Primary care


  • Epidemiology
  • Medicine

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Infectious disease
  • Sepsis


  • Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)


  • Gambia, The
  • Malawi
  • Tanzania
  • Zambia

Other interests

  • Maternal And Child Health
  • Neonatal
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