Dr Melanie Morris

Taught Prog Director & Assistant Prof

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Keppel St
United Kingdom

I graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Psychology and then taught in schools for several years before embarking on an MSc in Epidemiology at the London School. I followed this with a PhD at the School looking at socio-economic differences in women’s use of primary care for fertility problems. Since finishing my PhD, I worked for a year at UCL, in the Health Behaviour Research Centre (now the Research Department of Behavioural Science and Health), on a CRUK-funded project developing materials to raise awareness of gynaecological cancers and encourage early presentation to primary care. I returned to LSHTM in May 2012 to work in the Cancer Survival Group on a study into ethnic and deprivation differences in breast cancer survival, and then leading the Cancer Policy Programme - a small team investigating variations in cancer outcomes in the UK and in comparison with Nordic countries.

Recently, I worked in the Health Services Research and Policy department on the International Cancer Benchmarking Partnership, trying to establish which health system factors may explain some of the differences in cancer survival seen between countries with comparable health systems. Subseqently I worked with the National Prostate Cancer Audit.

I am now Taught Programme Director for the Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health, and lead for online training for the NIHR IHCoR-Africa project.


Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health


Centre for Global Chronic Conditions


Since starting my PhD, I have taught on the Distance Learning MSc Epidemiology, on the Fundamentals of Epidemiology module, spending four years as Module Organiser for the module Writing and Reviewing Scientific Papers. I still teach on Fundamentals of Epidemiology, running live web-based seminars and marking assignments. I also teach in-house at LSHTM on Extended Epidemiology and I was co-Module Organiser for the Epidemiology in Practice course on the MSc Epidemiology until 2017. I then co-organised Issues in Public Health for the MSc Public Health until 2022.
I was Deputy Exam Board Chair for MSc Epidemiology and then for the DL MSc Epidemiology until 2022. I was a Digital Learning Champion during 2020-21. I am a Fellow of AdvanceHE.
I am now co-Taught Programme Director for the Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health.


I am interested in health inequalities and how to reduce them. I have worked mainly in cancer epidemiology and health systems research. Until 2022, I was Deputy Director of the Centre for Global Chronic Conditions, with responsibility for the Epidemiology theme, seminars and the student group.
Research Area
Health inequalities
Health services
Disease and Health Conditions
New Zealand
United Kingdom

Selected Publications

Exploring the link between cancer policies and cancer survival: a comparison of International Cancer Benchmarking Partnership countries.
NOLTE, E; MORRIS, M; Landon, S; MCKEE, M; SEGUIN, M; Butler, J; Lawler, M;
The Lancet Oncology
Hospital volume and outcomes after radical prostatectomy: a national population-based study using patient-reported urinary continence and sexual function.
Nossiter, J; MORRIS, M; COWLING, TE; PARRY, MG; Sujenthiran, A; AGGARWAL, A; Payne, H; VAN DER MEULEN, J; Clarke, NW; Cathcart, P;
Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases
The role of leadership in driving change in cancer survival outcomes in seven high income countries
European Journal of Public Health
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cancer deaths due to delays in diagnosis in England, UK: a national, population-based, modelling study.
MARINGE, C; Spicer, J; MORRIS, M; Purushotham, A; NOLTE, E; Sullivan, R; RACHET, B; AGGARWAL, A;
The Lancet Oncology
Understanding the link between health systems and cancer survival: A novel methodological approach using a system-level conceptual model
MORRIS, M; Landon, S; Reguilon, I; Butler, J; MCKEE, M; NOLTE, E;
Journal of Cancer Policy
Surgical treatment and survival from colorectal cancer in Denmark, England, Norway, and Sweden: a population-based study.
BENITEZ MAJANO, S; Di Girolamo, C; RACHET, B; MARINGE, C; Guren, MG; Glimelius, B; Iversen, LH; Schnell, EA; Lundqvist, K; Christensen, J; MORRIS, M; COLEMAN, MP; WALTERS, S;
The Lancet Oncology
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