Prof Richard Coker

Emeritus Professor of Public Health

United Kingdom

Richard Coker is Emeritus Professor of Public Health. He trained in medicine at St. Mary's Hospital, London and, in 1994, became consultant physician to the hospital and senior lecturer at Imperial College School of Medicine. His interests include communicable diseases, in particular emerging infectious diseases, HIV, and tuberculosis, and health systems responses to disasters. In 1997, as a Harkness Fellow, he spent a year at Columbia Schoolof Public Health in New York, USA, researching the causes and responses to the epidemic of tuberculosis that city witnessed in the late 1980s and early 1990s. His book, From Chaos to Coercion:detention and the control of tuberculosis, was one of the results from this work. He subsequently worked as a Wellcome Research Associate researching public health legislative responses to infectious disease threats. In recent years he has worked predominantly in SE Asia on public health responses to support control of infectious diseases. He joined the School in 1999 as a Research Fellow before becoming Senior Lecturer in 2001, Reader in 2005, becoming Senior Lecturer in 2001, Reader in 2005, and Professor of Public Health in 2009. He retired in 2019 and was appointed emeritus that year. He has been based in Bangkok, Thailand, since 2008.


Department of Global Health and Development
Faculty of Public Health and Policy


Malaria Centre
TB Centre
Antimicrobial Resistance Centre

Selected Publications

Detention and the evolving threat of tuberculosis: evidence, ethics, and law.
COKER, R; Thomas, M; LOCK, K; Martin, R;
The Journal of law, medicine & ethics
Antimicrobial resistance and the private sector in Southeast Asia
LIVERANI, M; Oliveira Hashiguchi, L; KHAN, M; COKER, R;
Ethics and Antimicrobial Resistance: Collective Responsibility for Global Public Health
Surveillance and characterisation of influenza viruses among patients with influenza-like illness in Bali, Indonesia, July 2010-June 2014.
Adisasmito, W; Budayanti, S; Aisyah, DN; COKER, R; Andayani, AR; Smith, GJ D; RUDGE, JW;
BMC infectious diseases
Sharing public health data and information across borders: lessons from Southeast Asia.
Globalization and health
A strong TB programme embedded in a developing primary healthcare system is a lose-lose situation: insights from patient and community perspectives in Cambodia.
SUNDARAM, N; James, R; Sreynimol, U; Linda, P; Yoong, J; Saly, S; Koeut, P; Eang, MT; COKER, R; KHAN, MS;
Health policy and planning
Seroprevalence and awareness of porcine cysticercosis across different pig production systems in south-central Cambodia.
Adenuga, A; Mateus, A; Ty, C; Borin, K; Holl, D; San, S; Duggan, V; CLARK, M; Smith, GJ D; COKER, R; Vaughn, A; RUDGE, JW;
Parasite epidemiology and control
Large funding inflows, limited local capacity and emerging disease control priorities: a situational assessment of tuberculosis control in Myanmar.
KHAN, MS; Schwanke-Khilji, S; Yoong, J; Tun, ZM; WATSON, S; COKER, RJ;
Health policy and planning
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