Dr Rohini Mathur


Associate Professor
of Epidemiology and Programme Director for the MSc in Health Data Science


Keppel Street
United Kingdom

I am an epidemiologist specializing in health equity research using electronic health records and cohort data. My research is focused on identifying ethnic and social inequalities along the care pathway and the solutions necessary to address them. -:  I initially completed an undergraduate degree in public health at the University of Waterloo in Canada, followed by an MSc at LSHTM in reproductive and sexual health research. Prior to coming to LSHTM I worked at the Institute for Health and Social Policy at McGill University in Montreal, and later at Queen Mary, University of London, where I conducted quality improvement research focussed on identifying and tackling health inequalities across east London. From 2011-2015 I completed an ESRC funded PhD at LSHTM investigating how electronic health records can be best used to examine ethnic inequalities in health outcomes in the UK at LSHTM. A key focus of my PhD was establishing the usability and completeness of ethnicity recorded in primary and secondary care databases in order to answer substantive questions around ethnic differences in major chronic disease outcomes.  


Department of Non-communicable Disease Epidemiology
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health


Centre for Global Chronic Conditions


I am the Programme Director for the MSc in Health Data Science.  I supervise and teach students on several MSc Programmes and the Professional Certificate Course in Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacovigilance.


My work focuses on the generation of evidence to inform novel approaches for the management of type 2 diabetes in diverse global populations. A key aspect of this is comparisons of the comparative effectiveness of antidiabetic treatments in different ethnic and migrant populations to inform treatment guidelines tailored to the needs of different ethnic groups worldwide. 

I previously completed a Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowship examining ethnic inequalities in trajectories of diabetes risk factor control and outcomes across the health care pathway in the UK.  

I am involved in collaborative work with Chiang-Mai University in Thailand and the APCAPS cohort study in India. I am also working as part of the OpenSAFELY collaborative on a range of COVID-19-related projects. 

Research Area
Clinical databases
Clinical guidelines
Health inequalities
Health outcomes
Health services research
Primary care
Disease control
Electronic health records
Disease and Health Conditions
Non-communicable diseases
United Kingdom
East Asia & Pacific (all income levels)
South Asia

Selected Publications

Indirect acute effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on physical and mental health in the UK: a population-based study.
Mansfield KE; Mathur R; Tazare J; Henderson AD; Mulick AR; Carreira H; Matthews AA; Bidulka P; Gayle A; Forbes H
The Lancet. Digital health
Ethnicity, household composition and COVID-19 mortality: a national linked data study.
Nafilyan V; Islam N; Ayoubkhani D; Gilles C; Katikireddi SV; Mathur R; Summerfield A; Tingay K; Asaria M; John A
Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine
Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups in England are at increased risk of death from COVID-19: indirect standardisation of NHS mortality data.
Aldridge RW; Lewer D; Katikireddi SV; Mathur R; Pathak N; Burns R; Fragaszy EB; Johnson AM; Devakumar D; Abubakar I
Wellcome open research
Hydroxychloroquine for prevention of COVID-19 mortality: a population-based cohort study
Rentsch CT; DeVito NJ; MacKenna B; Morton CE; Bhaskaran K; Brown JP; Schultze A; J Hulme W; Croker R; Walker AJ
lancet rheumatology
Risk of 16 cancers across the full glycemic spectrum: a population-based cohort study using the UK Biobank.
Rentsch CT; Farmer RE; Eastwood SV; Mathur R; Garfield V; Farmaki A-E; Bhaskaran K; Chaturvedi N; Smeeth L
BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care
Inhaled corticosteroid use and risk COVID-19 related death among 966,461 patients with COPD or asthma: an OpenSAFELY analysis
Schultze A; Walker AJ; MacKenna B; Morton CE; Bhaskaran K; Brown JP; Rentsch CT; Williamson E; Drysdale H; Croker R
medRxiv preprint
Factors associated with COVID-19-related death using OpenSAFELY.
Williamson EJ; Walker AJ; Bhaskaran K; Bacon S; Bates C; Morton CE; Curtis HJ; Mehrkar A; Evans D; Inglesby P
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