Prof David Heymann

Prof of Infectious Disease Epidemiology

United Kingdom

David Heymann holds a BA in general science from Penn State University, an M.D from Wake Forest School of Medicine, and a DTM&H from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). He is currently Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at LSHTM and a Distinguished Fellow at the Centre on Universal Health at Chatham House, London. From 2009 to2012 he was chairman of the UK Health Protection Agency, and from 2012 to March 2017 chairman of Public Health England.
For 22 years Heymann was based at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva on secondment from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) during which time he rose from Chief of Research of the Global Programme on AIDS to Founding Director of the Programme on Emerging and other Communicable Diseases. He then was named Executive Director of the Communicable Diseases Cluster, a position from which he headed the global response to SARS, and finally was named Assistant Director for Health Security and the Director General’s Representative for Polio Eradication.
Before joining WHO Heymann was based for 13 years in sub-Saharan Africa on assignment from CDC where he worked Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, DRC and Malawi. During this period he participated in the response to the first, second and third outbreaks of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in DRC, investigated human monkeypox outbreaks throughout central and western Africa, and supported ministries of health in field research aimed at better control of malaria, measles, tuberculosis and other infectious diseases. Prior to joining CDC Heymann worked in India for two years as a medical epidemiologist in the WHO smallpox eradication programme.
Heymann is an elected fellow of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (US) and the Academy of Medical Sciences (UK), and has received seven different public health awards, including the Heinz Award on the Human Condition, that have provided funding for the establishment of an on-going mentorship programme at the International Association of Public Health Institutes (IANPHI).
Heymann has published over 275 peer reviewed articles, commentaries and book chapters, and is the editor of the Control of Communicable Diseases Manual, a major global reference for public health and health protection. In 2009 he was appointed an honorary Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) for service to global public health.


Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology and International Health
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health


Vaccine Centre
Antimicrobial Resistance Centre

Selected Publications

The Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022 Olympic Games held during the COVID-19 pandemic: planning, outcomes, and lessons learnt.
McCloskey, B; Saito, T; Shimada, S; Ikenoue, C; Endericks, T; MULLEN, L; Mota, P; Kumar, CK; Laxminarayan, R; Budgett, R; HEYMANN, D; Zumla, A;
Lancet (London, England)
Human infection challenge in the pandemic era and beyond, HIC-Vac annual meeting report, 2022
Barnes, MV C; Mandla, A; Smith, E; Maskuniitty, M; Openshaw, PJ M; Abo, Y-N; Ascough, S; Ashwin, H; Avirutnan, P; Catchpole, AP; Chi, PC; Chiu, C; Darton, TC; Driciru, E; Dula, D; Ferreira, DM; Fraser, A; Garrett, P; Gbesemete, D; Gordon, S; HEYMANN, DL; Houlder, E; Jamrozik, E; Kapulu, M; Kessy, E; ... Welch, O.
Immunotherapy Advances
Moving cholera vaccines ahead of the epidemic curve.
Memish, ZA; Blumberg, L; Al-Maani, AS; Baru, R; Dube, E; Gao, GF; Jernigan, DB; Leo, Y-S; Peiris, JS M; Masud, JH B; McVernon, J; Nonvignon, J; Ogunsola, FT; Reese, H; Safdar, RM; Ungchusak, K; Wieler, LH; HEYMANN, D;
Lancet (London, England)
Lancet Commission on synergies between universal health coverage, health security, and health promotion.
Agyepong, I; SPICER, N; Ooms, G; Jahn, A; Bärnighausen, T; Beiersmann, C; Brown Amoakoh, H; Fink, G; Guo, Y; Hennig, L; Kifle Habtemariam, M; Kouyaté, BA; Loewenson, R; Micah, A; Moon, S; Moshabela, M; Myhre, SL; Ottersen, T; Patcharanarumol, W; Sarker, M; Sen, G; Shiozaki, Y; Songane, F; Sridhar, D; Ssengooba, F; ... HEYMANN, D.
Lancet (London, England)
Mpox neglect and the smallpox niche: a problem for Africa, a problem for the world.
ADETIFA, I; Muyembe, J-J; Bausch, DG; HEYMANN, DL;
Lancet (London, England)
Cholera vaccine and mass gatherings: protecting the crowds.
Farahat, RA; Khan, SH; Benson, F; HEYMANN, DL; Memish, ZA;
Journal of travel medicine
Global and regional governance of One Health and implications for global health security.
Elnaiem, A; Mohamed-Ahmed, O; Zumla, A; Mecaskey, J; Charron, N; Abakar, MF; Raji, T; Bahalim, A; Manikam, L; Risk, O; Okereke, E; Squires, N; Nkengasong, J; Rüegg, SR; Abdel Hamid, MM; Osman, AY; Kapata, N; Alders, R; HEYMANN, DL; Kock, R; DAR, O;
Lancet (London, England)
A global analysis of One Health Networks and the proliferation of One Health collaborations.
Mwatondo, A; Rahman-Shepherd, A; Hollmann, L; Chiossi, S; Maina, J; Kurup, KK; Hassan, OA; Coates, B; Khan, M; Spencer, J; Mutono, N; Thumbi, SM; Muturi, M; Mutunga, M; Arruda, LB; Akhbari, M; Ettehad, D; Ntoumi, F; Scott, TP; Nel, LH; Ellis-Iversen, J; Sönksen, UW; Onyango, D; Ismail, Z; Simachew, K; ... DAR, O.
Lancet (London, England)
How prepared is the world? Identifying weaknesses in existing assessment frameworks for global health security through a One Health approach.
Traore, T; Shanks, S; Haider, N; Ahmed, K; Jain, V; Rüegg, SR; Razavi, A; Kock, R; Erondu, N; Rahman-Shepherd, A; Yavlinsky, A; Mboera, L; Asogun, D; McHugh, TD; Elton, L; Oyebanji, O; Okunromade, O; Ansumana, R; Djingarey, MH; Ali Ahmed, Y; Diallo, AB; Balde, T; Talisuna, A; Ntoumi, F; Zumla, A; ... DAR, O.
Lancet (London, England)
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