Dr Melanie Morris

BA(Hons) MSc PhD

Assistant Professor


15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

+44 (0)20 7612 7963

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.


Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health
Faculty of Public Health and Policy
Department of Health Services Research and Policy
Department of Non-communicable Disease Epidemiology


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, setting exams 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 now co-organise Issues in Public Health for the MSc Public Health.

I co-supervise a PhD student, jointly with Birkbeck as part of the Bloomsbury Studentship programme, working on decision-making around the receipt of chemotherapy in stage III colon cancer patients. I am interested in supervising students working on cancer epidemiology. 

I am Deputy Exam Board chair for the Distance Learning MSc Epidemiology.


I now work in the Health Services Research and Policy department. I worked on the International Cancer Benchmarking Partnership, aiming to establish which health system factors may explain some of the differences in cancer survival seen between countries with comparable health systems. I now work in the Clinical Effectiveness Unit, joint with the Royal College of Surgeons, as lead epidemiologist for the National Prostate Cancer Audit.

I am 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 research
Health systems
Primary care
Public health
Health services
Disease and Health Conditions
Non-communicable diseases
United Kingdom
Euro area
European Union

Selected Publications

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
The Lancet Oncology
Quantitative evaluation of an information leaflet to increase prompt help-seeking for gynaecological cancer symptoms.
Morris M; Friedemann Smith C; Boxell E; Wardle J; Simon A; Waller J
BMC public health
Do cancer survival statistics for every hospital make sense?
Morris M; Quaresma M; Pitkäniemi J; Morris E; Rachet B; Coleman MP
The lancet oncology
Women in an infertility survey responded more by mail but preferred a choice: randomized controlled trial.
Morris M; Edwards P; Doyle P; Maconochie N
Journal of clinical epidemiology
Does gravidity influence smoking behaviour in pregnancy? A comparison of multigravid and primigravid women.
Morris M; Maconochie N; Doyle P
Paediatric and perinatal epidemiology
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