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Prof Andrew Hayward
Farr Institute of Health Informatics Research
222 Euston Road
Tel: 020 3549 5489
  • Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Inclusion Health Research
  • Infectious Disease Informatics
  • Institute of Health Informatics
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

Professor Hayward qualified in Medicine at United Medical and Dental Schools London.  He undertook a senior house officer rotation in Public Health in Leicester before joining the Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre (now Centre for Infection at Public Health England) as a research registrar in the Respiratory Section.  He was awarded a distinction for an MSc in Communicable Disease Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine before completing his public health training in London and Nottingham.  He was a lecturer in public health at University of Nottingham before moving to UCL as Senior Lecturer to establish the Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology in the Department of Infectious Diseases and Population Health,  When he arrived at UCL there was very strong research on HIV and STIs but very little research on other infections within the department.  He established a successful group focussing on acute respiratory infections, tuberculosis, hospital acquired infection, antimicrobial prescribing and resistance and infections in hard to reach groups.  He became UCL Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Inclusion Health in 2014.  In 2015 he established a new Department of Infectious Disease Informatics in the new UCL Institute of Health Informatics, this move has enabled his group to take advantage of the highly multidisciplinary world class research environment and outstanding opportunities in Big Data research.

Professor Hayward plays an active role in Policy and Guideline Development through membership of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation Influenza Subgroup and of the New and Emerging Respiratory Threats Advisory Group.  He chaired the NICE national guideline development group for Tuberculosis in Underserved Groups and co-chaired the 2014-16 NICE group revising all national tuberculosis guidance.  He is a trustee of the Pathway Homeless Health Charity and member of the Research Advisory Board of the Groundswell Homeless Health Peer Advocacy charity.  

Research Summary

Andrew Hayward is UCL Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Inclusion Health.  He  is head the UCL Department of Infectious Disease Informatics at the UCL Institute of Health Informatics where he also leads the Centre for Public Health Informatics.  Work within the group has a strong public health focus using robust epidemiological methods, electronic health records and primary data collection to have an impact on policy and practice.  Research on tuberculosis in socially complex groups led to the establishment of the Find&Treat Mobile X ray screening service screening around 10,000 homeless people, drug users and prisoners each year and influenced NICE guidance.  Recent work has evaluated pre-entry screening for tuberculosis and he is currently running the world's first randomised controlled trial of Video Observed Therapy for tuberculosis treatment adherence.  In influenza his cluster randomised controlled trial of staff vaccination in nursing homes showed important reductions in influenza and related GP visits, hospiitalisations and deaths in residents, influencing international policy to vaccinate health care workers.  He led the MRC Wellcome Flu Watch Study which was the largest national cohort of influenza burden and immunity and showed the importance of children in community transmission, that a high proportion of infections are asymptomatic and that cross protective T cell memory responses protect against illness if infected. This work contributed to national policy to vaccinate children, decisions about antiviral stockpiling and a trial of a T cell vaccine in the elderly.  Further research demonstrated that influenza acts as an acute trigger for cardiovascular events, particularly in the elderly.   Research on antibiotic prescribing in primary care demonstrated very high levels of unnecessary prescribing and that several thousand people with minor respiratory infections needed to be treated to prevent one more severe complication, influencing national efforts to reduce prescribing.  Research on handwashing demonstrated the effectiveness of the National CleanYourHands campaign and the effectiveness of audit and feedback to increase handwashing compliance.  He lis co-lead of the Wellcome/DH ICONIC programme which is developing and evaluating the impact of routine viral sequencing (for influenza, norovirus, HIV and hepatitis C) in the NHS.  He recently founded the Centre for Public Health Informatics to act as a focus for public health research utilising big data and health informatics technologies.   For example this includes a range of research on Inclusion Health aiming to highlight the extreme disparities in health faced by homeless people, drug users, sex workers and prisoners and to develop and evaluate effective health services that can meet their needs.  Further work in the centre uses Electronic Health Records to contribute the the English Global Burden of Disease project and to evaluate NHS Health Checks and the Diabetes Prevention Programme. 

Teaching Summary

Since 2005 Andrew Hayward has led the NIHR Academic Clinical Training scheme for Academic Clinical Fellows and Academic Clinical Lecturers in Public Health for trainees specialising in infection. This was originally hosted by UCL Department of Infection and Population Health and is now based in his new Department of Infectious Disease Informatics at the Farr Institute, providing new opportunities for Big data driven research. This role involves support through from initial interest in the scheme, supervision of MSc projects for trainees who undertake MSc’s in Epidemiology or Public Health as part of the training scheme, identification of suitable research ideas for PhD fellowship applications, identification of suitable supervisors for PhDs whether in the department or elsewhere in UCL, supervision of PhDs and mentorship through early career development including support in obtaining research funding and applying for post-doctoral fellowships. In this role Andrew has acted as educational supervisor for 11 public health trainees, 7 of whom have obtained Academic Clinical Lecturer posts.  Public Health trainees who are interested in an academic career in infectious diseases, public health informatics or inclusion health are welcome to contact him for advice.  Professor Hayward is an experienced PhD supervisor for both clinical and non-clinical research students.


Professor Hayward leads the MSc Module “Epidemiology as applied to Electronic Health Records” as part of a new MSc in Data Science fir Health and Biomedicine.


In 2013 in partnership with Groundswell Peer Advocacy Programme he pioneered a new teaching session on homeless health for undergraduate medical students. This involves students meeting and interviewing a panel of people with lived experience of homelessness to support development of empathy and understanding. The session is amongst the most highly rated of any undergraduate teaching session.

01-OCT-2014 Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology & Inclusion Hea Department of Infectious Disease Informatics University College London, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2010 – 01-OCT-2014 Reader Infectious Disease Epidemiology Research Department of Infections and Population Health University College London, United Kingdom
01-FEB-2001 – 01-OCT-2010 Senior Lecturer Infectious Disease Epidemiology Research Department of Infections and Population Health University College London, United Kingdom
01-JUL-1998 – 01-FEB-2001 Clinical Lecturer in Public Health Medicine and Epidemiology Division of Public Health Medicine and Epidemiology University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
01-JUL-1998 – 01-MAY-2000 Honorary Specialist Registrar   PHLS CDSC Trent, United Kingdom
01-JUN-1998 – 01-FEB-2001 Honorary Specialist Registrar   Southern Derbyshire Health Authority, United Kingdom
01-NOV-1996 – 01-JUL-1998 Senior Registrar Public Health Training Rotation   PHLS CDSC, United Kingdom
01-MAY-1994 – 01-NOV-1996 Research Registrar Respiratory Diseases Section Epidemiology Division PHLS Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre CDSC, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2009 MD Doctor of Medicine – Epidemiology and Public Health University College London
1996 MSc Master of Science – Epidemiology London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
1994 DTM&H Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene – Clinical Medicine Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
1990 MBBS Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery – Medicine/Surgery London
1987 BSc Hons Bachelor of Science (Honours) – Psychology London
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