Global Partnerships

Partnerships are key to us achieving our mission to improve health and health equity in the UK and worldwide. By collaborating with global partners we can bring the best people and knowledge together to achieve excellence in research, education, policy and practice.

We have longstanding and extensive partnerships, especially in low and middle-income countries, and are continually looking to build on our relationships and activities to both learn from and empower our colleagues and partners throughout the world.


National University of Singapore (NUS) and the National University Health System (NUHS)

The partnership with NUS and NUHS centres principally around three broad research themes - infectious disease, health systems, and non-communicable diseases. We have created a series of parallel lectureships, whereby faculty members are employed simultaneously by both institutions and coordinate several joint research programmes. There are currently two staff members based at NUS under this scheme, plus a School Professor with an adjunct appointment.

Nagasaki University

The School’s partnerships with Nagasaki focuses on infectious disease research (with emphasis on Vietnam and Philippines) and on supporting Nagasaki to strengthen its global health research and education capacity.

Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI)

The School has a long-standing institutional partnership with PHFI, with diverse themes of ongoing research and training including in infectious disease, eye health, nutrition, and public health policy amongst others. Partnering with PHFI, the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), and Emory University, the School launched the Centre for Control of Chronic Conditions (CCCC) in Delhi in 2015, bringing together researchers and health professionals from the clinical, public health, genetics, and social sciences in addressing challenges around chronic disease including mental health.

Visit the PHFI-UK Consortium website.

Sichuan University West China School of Public Health

The School’s ties with Sichuan’s West China School of Public Health in Chengdu are supported by China’s 1000 talent programme, the China Medical Board (CMB), DFID, and the UK Medical Research Council. The key elements of the partnership consist of a School Professor leading a research group at Chengdu, and support for Chinese Masters students, PhDs and Postdocs to undertake training at the School. The partnership also facilitates exchanges between the School and Sichuan through short courses on health systems research, qualitative methods and paper-writing.


Our staff collaborate extensively with Africa across a range of disciplines, themes and countries, with independent research institutions, local and UK government agencies, and large research-intensive universities. School researchers are currently involved in research projects directly involving at least 37 out of the 54 countries in Africa, including at least 36 of the 41 sub-Saharan countries located on the African mainland.  Many of these partnerships are founded on a decades-long history of collaborative research and training, with significant impact on the development of African research leadership and capacity. The impressive breadth and depth of relationships across Africa provides world-leading research output, and mutually beneficial skills and experience to our staff and students, and its African partners.

While there are vast numbers of collaborations involving individual researchers and groups at the School and their partners in Africa, the School has entered into more institutional-level engagements with a subset of its African partners. Presently, 17 sub-Saharan institutions belong to the School’s Capacity Strengthening Research Degree scheme (CSRDS), which allow staff members affiliated at the partner to complete degrees at the School at reduced fees. The School is also a full or associate partner in seven capacity strengthening consortia supported by the Wellcome Trust’s Developing Excellence in Leadership, Training and Science (DELTAS) programme led by or including 16 different African partners.

The School provides a Professional Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (East African Partnership) programme, via a collaboration with the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College (Tanzania), Makerere University (Uganda), University of Washington and Johns Hopkins University (USA). The programme, which has been running since 2010, seeks to build capacity for postgraduate training and clinical research in Africa, including for doctors from outside the region who intend to work locally.

Latin America

The School has signed agreements with the Universidade de Sao Paulo, the Universidade Federal da Bahia, the Universidade de Pernambuco, and Fundacao Instituto Oswaldo Cruz in Brazil. There are ongoing research collaborations between groups at the School and at each partner, and possibilities of extending the relationship with the partners will be explored in the coming period. The Zika epidemic created several opportunities for such collaboration with Latin America.


The School collaborates closely with a number of internationally leading research and teaching institutions within the UK, including the University College London, the University of Oxford, the Sanger Institute, the Francis Crick Institute, the University of Cambridge, and Public Health England. Many of these collaborations involve partners in Africa, Asia, and elsewhere, ensuring that the School and the UK remain at the forefront of cutting-edge research to address global challenges.

Reflecting its position as a global leader in the field of neglected tropical disease (NTD) research, the School is a founder member of the London Centre for Neglected Tropical Disease Research in collaboration with Imperial College London, the Natural History Museum and the Royal Veterinary College. The Centre brings together leading experts to build the evidence base around the design, implementation and evaluation of NTD control and elimination programmes. 

The school is also founding member of the London International Development Centre (LIDC) which facilitates interdisciplinary research and training to tackle complex problems in international development, bringing together natural and social scientists from across the Bloomsbury Colleges.

Improving health worldwide: focus on regions