Dr James Rudge


Assistant Professor
Infectious Disease Epidemiology

9th Floor, Satharanasukwisit Building

Faculty of Public Health, Mahidol University
420/1 Rajvithi Rd., Ratchathewi
United Kingdom

+66 2354 6044 Extn 16

I joined the Communicable Diseases Policy Research Group ( at LSHTM in 2009. Based in Thailand, my research focuses on the emergence and spread of infectious diseases in Southeast Asia, and the capacity of health systems to respond.

Before joining CDPRG, I completed my PhD in Infectious Disease Epidemiology at Imperial College London, researching the zoonotic transmission and population genetics of schistosomiasis in China and the Philippines. Prior to this I gained a BSc in Microbiology and an MSc in Modern Epidemiology, also at Imperial. My main research experience is with field, mathematical, and molecular epidemiology, along with some health systems analyses, applied accross several countries in Asia and Africa. I am interested in using a multi-disciplinary approach to addressing policy-relevant research questions on the epidemiology and control of infectious diseases, particularly zoonoses.


Faculty of Public Health and Policy
Department of Global Health and Development


Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases


I am a tutor and project supervisor for the LSHTM MSc Public Health (Distance Learning) programme, and Deputy Module Organiser for the Communicable Disease Control module (PHM202).

I am also Adjunt Professor in the Faculty of Public Health, Mahidol University, Thailand.


I am currently involved in the following research projects:

Determining the association between livestock systems and inflenza prevalence and diversity in swine, Cambodia (PigFluCam) (PI: James Rudge, Funding: Naval Medical Research Cente)

Molecular Epidemiology of Influenza A in Bali, Indonesia (BaliMEI) (PI: Richard Coker, Funding: Roche)

Developing evidence-based investment options in support of pandemic preparedness policy in Cambodia (PI: Richard Coker, Funding: GIZ)


Previous projects include:

Surge in demand for health services: evaluating health system impact and capacity to respond in low- and middle-income countries (PI: Richard Coker, Funding: GIZ)

Health systems analysis to support capacity development for responding to pandemic influenza in Asia (AsiaFluCap) (PI: Richard Coker, Funding: EU and Rockefeller Foundation)

The integration of Global Fund portfolios into health systems in five countries in Asia (PI: Richard Coker, Funding: Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria)

Social mixing patterns for influenza-like illness in Asia (SMILI) (PI: John Edmunds, Funding: WHO)

Research Area
Economic evaluation
Health inequalities
Health systems
Infectious disease policy
Public health
Disease control
Global Health
Natural disasters
Molecular epidemiology
Mathematical modelling
Disease and Health Conditions
Infectious disease
Pandemic diseases
Emerging Infectious Disease
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
Zoonotic disease
Papua New Guinea
East Asia & Pacific (all income levels)

Selected Publications

Identifying host species driving transmission of schistosomiasis japonica, a multihost parasite system, in China.
Rudge, J.W. ; Webster, J.P. ; Lu, D.B. ; Wang, T.P. ; Fang, G.R. ; Basáñez, M.G. ;
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A
Health System Resource Gaps and Associated Mortality from Pandemic Influenza across Six Asian Territories.
Rudge, J.W. ; Hanvoravongchai, P. ; Krumkamp, R. ; Chavez, I. ; Adisasmito, W. ; Ngoc Chau, P. ; Phommasak, B. ; Putthasri, W. ; Shih, C.S. ; Stein, M. ; Timen, A. ; Touch, S. ; Reintjes, R. ; Coker, R. ; on behalf of the AsiaFluCap Project Consortium, . ;
PLoS One
Emerging infectious diseases in southeast Asia: regional challenges to control.
Coker, R.J.; Hunter, B.M.; Rudge, J.W.; Liverani, M.; Hanvoravongchai, P.;
Health service resource needs for pandemic influenza in developing countries: a linked transmission dynamics, interventions and resource demand model.
Krumkamp, R.; Kretzschmar, M.; Rudge, J.W.; Ahmad, A.; Hanvoravongchai, P.; Westenhoefer, J.; Stein, M.; Putthasri, W.; Coker, R.;
Epidemiol Infect
Critical interactions between Global Fund-supported programmes and health systems: a case study in Papua New Guinea.
Rudge, J.W.; Phuanakoonon, S.; Nema, K.H.; Mounier-Jack, S.; Coker, R.;
Health Policy Plan
Population genetics of Schistosoma japonicum within the Philippines suggest high levels of transmission between humans and dogs
Rudge, J.W.; Carabin, H.; Balolong, E.; Tallo, V.; Shrivastava, J.; Lu, D.B.; Basanez, M.G.; Olveda, R.; McGarvey, S.T.; Webster, J.P.
PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
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