Prof Jim Todd

Professor of Applied Biostatistics

United Kingdom

My life has encompassed many false starts, and wrong turns, and all are incorporated in my current work, and life. I dropped out of school, and it will remain my greatest achievement. I became a teacher, and that is in my blood. I have spent 35 years living in Africa, and almost as long working for LSHTM, and both provide some inspiration for my work and life. Applied statistics provides the thread which enables me to pull these diverse components together. I have no responsibilities, only privileges. I recognize those privileges and use them to help others achieve their potential.

I studied Medical Statistics and have endeavored to apply that knowledge in my work, and in my teaching. An understanding of data, and how to present results, is important in so many different areas. An understanding of people and how they work together, is probably more important, and a more reliable way to achieve results.


Department of Population Health
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health


Malaria Centre


In my previous existence at the School, I taught and organized several face-to-face courses. I have organized many short courses (some in the School, and some for collaborative institutions). Within the Distance Learning program in the School, I have been the module organizer for EP202, and for two demography module DEM101 and DEM205. In both the Epidemiology and the Demography MSc I have supervised masters projects. Within the School I have supervised ten PhD students to completion, and currently supervising three PhD students. Outside of the School I have co-supervised 15 PhD students to completion, and currently co-supervise five students in three countries.

Outside of the School, under the THRiVE consortium, in 2010 I developed, set up and organized the Masters in Epidemiology and Applied Biostatistics in Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College in Tanzania, which I still teach on. Under the auspices of SSACAB, since 2015, I have worked with several other institutions in Africa, to develop similar masters programs in Applied Biostatistics. I consider it a privilege to continue teaching at these institutions. I am working with colleagues in CUHAS in Mwanza, Tanzania to implement a new Applied Biostatistics course. I am thankful to the projects, grants and consortium that have made all of these programs possible.

I am fortunate to have collaborated with colleagues from many institutions in East Africa over the last 25 years. As one of the original co-investigators in the ALPHA network (from 2005) I am proud of the collaborative analysis workshops that have been developed. I have been influenced by the intense and practical Alpha workshops, which have influenced the way I think about the teaching of statistics.

Many of the researchers and students I have worked with have gone on to have stellar careers of their own. To any colleague, I am always willing to give mentorship, or advice, some of which may actually be useful.


Research Area
Clinical trials
Clinical databases
Statistical methods
Capacity development
Disease and Health Conditions
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
Sexually transmitted infections
South Africa
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

Estimation of cause-specific mortality in Rakai, Uganda, using verbal autopsy 1999-2019.
Nabukalu, D; Calazans, JA; MARSTON, M; Calvert, C; Nakawooya, H; NANSEREKO, B; Sekubugu, R; Nakigozi, G; Serwadda, D; Sewankambo, N; Kigozi, G; Gray, RH; Nalugoda, F; Makumbi, F; Lutalo, T; TODD, J;
Global health action
Cohort Profile Update: Magu Health and Demographic Surveillance System, Tanzania.
Urassa, M; MARSTON, M; Mangya, C; Materu, J; Elsabe, D; Safari, K; Kagoye, S; TODD, J; Boerma, T;
International journal of epidemiology
INSPIRE datahub: a pan-African integrated suite of services for harmonising longitudinal population health data using OHDSI tools.
BHATTACHARJEE, T; Kiwuwa-Muyingo, S; Kanjala, C; Maoyi, ML; Amadi, D; Ochola, M; Kadengye, D; Gregory, A; Kiragga, A; Taylor, A; Greenfield, J; SLAYMAKER, E; TODD, J; INSPIRE Network,;
Frontiers in Digital Health
D7.2 Population health resource library
and training package
TODD, J; TOMLIN, K; BHATTACHARJEE, T; Amadi, D; Greenfield, J; Fils, D; Mailosi, D; Kanjala, C;
Mapping regional variability of exclusive breastfeeding and its determinants at different infant's age in Tanzania.
Jahanpour, OF; Okango, EL; TODD, J; Mwambi, H; Mahande, MJ;
BMC pregnancy and childbirth
Trends of Exclusive Breastfeeding Practices and Its Determinants in Tanzania from 1999 to 2016.
Jahanpour, OF; TODD, J; Mwambi, H; Okango, EL; Mahande, MJ;
International journal of environmental research and public health
Comparison of survival analysis approaches to modelling age at first sex among youth in Kisesa Tanzania.
Materu, J; Konje, ET; Urassa, M; MARSTON, M; Boerma, T; TODD, J;
PloS one
Eight survey rounds and adolescent survey used for this study
Materu, J; Konje, ET; Urassa, M; MARSTON, M; Boerma, T; TODD, J;
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