Dr Natasha Howard


Associate Professor
Global Health and Conflict

NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, Singapore

15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

Natasha has a dual associate professorship at the National University of Singapore Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. 

Before joining LSHTM in 2005, Natasha was reproductive health technical officer for the WHO country office in Myanmar, focusing on maternal and newborn health initiatives, and worked with HealthNet TPO in Afghanistan researching malaria in pregnancy. Prior to this, Natasha set up a malaria control programme for Population Services International (PSI) in Myanmar, conducting vector, socio-economic research and marketing research and developing pre-packaged malaria diagnostic kits and mefloquine-artesunate treatment packs for use by private general practitioners and worked in TB treatment, obstetrics, and community development in Jordan. She received a bachelor's in international development from University of California at Davis and an MSc (public health for development) and a DrPH, focussing on malaria control for Afghans, from LSHTM.


Department of Global Health and Development
Department of Disease Control


Centre for Maternal Adolescent Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)
Centre for Global Mental Health
Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre


Natasha has organised and tought on several modules including PHM207 Health Care Evaluation, PHM101 Basic Epidemiology, PHM209/GH1503 Globalisation and Health, and PHM214 Conflict and Health. She coordinated development of, and served as a course director for, the MSc in Global Health Policy (2011-2013). 

She contributes regularly to developing teaching materials, particularly for distance learning, having co-authored two chapters for the 2017 second edition of the Health Care Evaluation textbook, co-authored the 2011 second edition of the Introduction to Epidemiology textbook, and developed and co-authored the 2012 first edition of the Conflict and Health textbook. 

Natasha only accepts new PhD students through NUS School of Public Health with research interests in health needs and services provision for traumatised/marginalised communities (e.g. those affected by conflict, violence, and abuse). Natasha has adopted an 'inclusion rider' for fair inclusion of women and men of colour in all her research projects. 


Natasha is director of the LSHTM Security, Conflict, and Health Research (SCaHR) programme. This multidisciplinary programme draws on theories and methodologies from international relations, organisational and healthcare management, social psychology, and clinical and social epidemiology to engage in theoretical, empirical and policy-relevant research into the relationship between health and security and health-related issues in settings affected by political conflict and violence. 

Most of her research is in under-resourced or conflict-affected situations. Current research includes COVID-19 responses in West Asia, health system adaptation and governance in Syria, strengthening health system responses to mass displacement of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, and exploring the health-seeking experiences of women affected by FGM in the UK.

Recent global work involved examining efforts to strengthen national immunisation decision-making, and exploring the health systems effects of the 'migration crisis' in Europe and Southeast Asia. Within the UK, she completed a Scottish government funded scoping study of European responses to FGM with the Scottish Refugee Council and an ESRC-funded evaluation of perpetrator programmes for domestic violence in the UK with colleagues from London Metropolitan University and Durham University. 

Research Area
Health systems
Infectious disease policy
Disease control
Global Health
Mixed methods
Operational research
Disease and Health Conditions
Infectious disease
Arab World
Middle East & North Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

'We need someone to deliver our voices': reflections from conducting remote qualitative research in Syria.
Douedari Y; Alhaffar M; Duclos D; Al-Twaish M; Jabbour S; Howard N
Conflict and health
Leveraging community mortality indicators to infer COVID-19 mortality and transmission dynamics in Damascus, Syria.
Watson OJ; Alhaffar M; Mehchy Z; Whittaker C; Akil Z; Brazeau NF; Cuomo-Dannenburg G; Hamlet A; Thompson HA; Baguelin M
Nature communications
\"Ten years of war! You expect people to fear a 'germ'?\": A qualitative study of initial perceptions and responses to the COVID-19 pandemic among displaced communities in opposition-controlled northwest Syria.
Douedari Y; Alhaffar M; Al-Twaish M; Mkhallalati H; Alwany R; Ibrahim NBM; Zaseela A; Horanieh N; Abbara A; Howard N
Journal of migration and health
Lessons from humanitarian clusters to strengthen health system responses to mass displacement in low and middle-income countries: A scoping review.
Durrance-Bagale A; Salman OM; Omar M; Alhaffar M; Ferdaus M; Newaz S; Krishnan S; Howard N
Journal of Migration and Health
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