Professor Betty Kirkwood
Ma MSc DIC FFPH FMedSci
of Epidemiology & International Health
I am an epidemiologist with a statistical background and have worked at the School since 1979. My research has been driven by a desire to improve the health of young children in low and middle income countries, and of their mothers. My substantive research is accompanied by a commitment to translating research findings into health policy and programme action and to research capacity strengthening. I have an extensive network of overseas collaborators and close links with the World Health Organization. I am a fellow of the UK Faculty of Public Health and of the Academy of Medical Sciences.
I contribute to a range of in house MSc courses including epidemiology in practice, statistics with computing, study design, public health lecture series, and current issues in safe motherhood and perinatal health. I am tutor to the MSc Public Health in Developing Countries. I enjoy teaching and believe in a student-centred, problem-based approach. I am committed to making complex methodological concepts accessible to non-specialists; this led to my textbook “Essential Medical Statistics”, first published in 1988. The second edition of Essential Medical Statistics is co-authored with Jonathan Sterne and was published in May 2003 (http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/essentialmedstats/). I also very much enjoy tutoring research degree students.
My main current research interests are trials evaluating the impact of:
- home visits by community volunteers to reduce neonatal mortality in rural Ghana;
- an integrated community-based intervention to improve child development, growth and survival in India & Pakistan;
- newborn vitamin A supplementation;
- innovations to improve performance of community based agents delivering integrated management of common childhood illnesses in Uganda & Mozambique;
- public health interventions to detect and treat common mental disorders in Goa;
I am also a member of the strategic management group for the Informed Decisions for Actions (IDEAS) project, which aims to build a better evidence base to guide future maternal and newborn health programmes.