Simon Cousens

MA DipMathStats

of Epidemiology and Medical Statistics and Research Degrees Director

Room 116

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Simon Cousens is a mathematician/statistician by training. Before joining LSHTM in 1985 he worked as a school teacher and as a statistician at the UK Department of Energy.


Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health


Centre for Evaluation
Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)
Statistical Methodology


He contributes to statistics and epidemiology teaching throughout the academic year and is co-organizer of the study module Statistical Methods in Epidemiology and the short course Causal Inference in Epidemiology.


The main focus of my research over the past 20 years has been on child health in low income settings. In recent years I have had a strong focus on neonatal health. My work includes both field studies and work on estimating the burden of neonatal deaths by cause. Recent field research includes work on neonatal survival in Pakistan and Ethiopia, and on child survival in Burkina Faso. Currrent field research studies in Burkina Faso evaluating a breastfeeding promotion intervention and an evaluation of an electronic tool to improve health workers' adherence to the IMCI guidelines.  In addition to this work in low income settings, I was involved for many years on research into Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in the UK, working closely with the National CJD Surveillance Unit in Edinburgh from its inception in 1990. Methodological work includes research into causal inference in epidemiology and into improving approaches to quantifying uncertainty in disease burden estimates.

Research Area
Child health
Complex interventions
Perinatal health
Statistical methods
Behaviour change
Neonatal health
Disease and Health Conditions
Diarrhoeal diseases
Infectious disease
Burkina Faso
United Kingdom
European Union
South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Can mass media interventions reduce child mortality?
Head, R.; Murray, J.; Sarrassat, S.; Snell, W.; Meda, N.; Ouedraogo, M.; Deboise, L.; Cousens, S.;
Simplified antibiotic regimens compared with injectable procaine benzylpenicillin plus gentamicin for treatment of neonates and young infants with clinical signs of possible serious bacterial infection when referral is not possible: a randomised, open-label, equivalence trial.
African Neonatal Sepsis Trial (AFRINEST) group, .; Tshefu, A.; Lokangaka, A.; Ngaima, S.; Engmann, C.; Esamai, F.; Gisore, P.; Ayede, A.I.; Falade, A.G.; Adejuyigbe, E.A.; Anyabolu, C.H.; Wammanda, R.D.; Ejembi, C.L.; Ogala, W.N.; Gram, L.; Cousens, S.;
Improvement of perinatal and newborn care in rural Pakistan through community-based strategies: a cluster-randomised effectiveness trial
Bhutta, Z.A. ; Soofi, S. ; Cousens, S. ; Mohammad, S. ; Memon, Z.A. ; Ali, I. ; Feroze, A. ; Raza, F. ; Khan, A. ; Wall, S. ; Martines, J. ;
National, regional, and worldwide estimates of stillbirth rates in 2009 with trends since 1995: a systematic analysis.
Cousens, S. ; Blencowe, H. ; Stanton, C. ; Chou, D. ; Ahmed, S. ; Steinhardt, L. ; Creanga, A.A. ; Tunçalp, O. ; Balsara, Z.P. ; Gupta, S. ; Say, L. ; Lawn, J.E. ;
Sustained use of insecticide-treated curtains is not associated with greater circulation of drug-resistant malaria parasites, or with higher risk of treatment failure among children with uncomplicated malaria in Burkina Faso.
Diallo, D.A.; Sutherland, C.; Nebie, I.; Konate, A.T.; Ord, R.; Pota, H.; Roper, C.; Ilboudo-Sanogo, E.; Greenwood, B.M.; Cousens, S.N.;
Am J Trop Med Hyg
Estimating the causes of 4 million neonatal deaths in the year 2000
Lawn, J. E.; Wilczynska-Ketende, K.; Cousens, S. N.
International Journal of Epidemiology
Geographical distribution of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in Great Britain, 1994-2000
Cousens, S.; Smith, P. G.; Ward, H.; Everington, D.; Knight, R. S.; Zeidler, M.; Stewart, G.; Smith-Bathgate, E. A.; MacLeod, M. A.; MacKenzie, J.; Will, R. G.
See all Simon Cousens's Publications