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Dr Miriam Orcutt
Institute for Global Health
London
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Appointment
  • Senior Research Fellow
  • Institute for Global Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences
Biography

       Dr Miriam Orcutt (MBBS, MSc) is a Senior Research Fellow in Global Public Health and Forced Migration at the Institute for Global Health, University College London, and Executive Director of Lancet Migration: global collaboration to advance migration health.  Her main areas of academic and policy interest are: global health policy and governance and migration, health system and medical-humanitarian resilience and response to migration, forced migration and health, structural and political determinants of health for migrants.  Miriam has a particular interest in the effective translation of research into policy and practice. She has extensive experience working with NGOs and multilateral organisations; such as: Médecins sans Frontières (2018 and 2019), the World Health Organisation (regular consultancies 2017-2019), the Syrian American Medical Society (fieldwork 2016), DevTech (fieldwork 2012); and experience leading or contributing to research reports and policy briefings for WHO (2017-19), World Bank (2017), Terre des Hommes (2015), among others. Fieldwork experience in: Nepal, India, Zambia, South Africa, Bolivia, Argentina; and in migration contexts in: Lebanon, Egypt, Greece, Serbia, Belgium, Italy. Contributed to or made interventions at the following global policy processes as a civil society representative: the Global Compact for Migration global stakeholder consultations in: New York, May 2017 and Geneva, July 2017; Global Compact for Migration high-level member state meeting in Morocco, 2018; WHO Global Action Plan to improve the health of migrants and refugees: expert consultation meeting, Geneva, 2019; World Health Assembly, Side Event on Universal Health Coverage and Migration, May 2019; United Nations high-level meeting on Universal Health Coverage, New York, 2019. Miriam previously worked as a medical doctor in the UK's National Health Service (NHS), on the Academic Clinical Foundation Programme in Epidemiology and Global Public Health, in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. She holds an MSc in Medical Anthropology with Distinction from Durham University and is a doctoral candidate on health system response to forcibly displaced populations. She has published academic articles in the field of migration and health as relates to global public health and health policy in peer-reviewed journals, such as The Lancet and The British Medical Journal, and was one of the lead authors of 'The UCL-Lancet Commission on Migration and Health' (published in the Lancet in December 2018)Miriam has over five years of humanitarian consultancy and project management experience, including with The Lancet, the World Health Organisation and the World Bank, and is skilled in leading research projects and policy work. In 2018 she was named a Canadian Woman Leader in Global Health, on the inaugural list by The Lancet. 

Research Summary

Current research projects

‘Public health standards in migration detention facilities’ in collaboration with Johns Hopkins Centre for Humanitarian Health, US and Lancet Migration

'Evaluating health system responsiveness and inclusion of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees in health and public health policies globally during the COVID-19 pandemic' with country case studies from Germany, UAE, Syria, Bangladesh, US, Mexico and Colombia, in collaboration with University College London; Lancet Migration.

'Evaluating health system responsiveness and inclusion of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees in health and public health policies in Latin America during the COVID-19 pandemic' in collaboration with Johns Hopkins Centre for Humanitarian Health, US; Lancet Migration; El Colef, Mexico; Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia; Universidad Peruano Cayetano Heredia, Peru

Teaching Summary

Regular guest lecturer on forced migration and health; humanitarianism and health; health policy at institutions such as Notre Dame University, Saint George’s University, New York University London.  

Co-founder and Lead for 'Humanitarian Simulation on Refugee Health' - a full day training course (subsequently integrated into undergraduate courses at St George’s University, London and Imperial College, London). 

Academic supervisor of MSc dissertations, academic GP placements, visiting BSc student projects (2016-present), on humanitarianism, migration and health.

Lecturer on ‘Migration, Displacement and Health’ for the Conflict, Humanitarianism and Health MSc/international BSc module, Institute of Global Health (2017-2019)

Faculty member and research supervisor, MSF and WHO Structured Operational Research Training Initiative Course on Migration, Athens, Greece (2018-2019)

Faculty Member, WHO Summer School on Refugee and Migrant Health, Sicily, Italy (July 2017)

Guest Lecturer on ‘Refugee Mental Health’, Institute for Global Health, UCL (March 2017)

Distance Learning Tutor for the Health Systems Distance Learning Module, LSHTM (2015-2017)

Guest Tutor on Refugee Health, Special Study Module Global Health, Newcastle University (2014-2017)

Appointments
01-AUG-2019 Senior Research Fellow, Global Public Health & Migration Institute for Global Health University College London, United Kingdom
APR-2018 – OCT-2018 Migration Health Specialist Forced Migration Team, Analysis Department Médecins sans Frontières, Belgium
OCT-2016 Coordinator, UCL-Lancet Commission on Migration and Health Institute for Global Health University College London, United Kingdom
OCT-2016 Research Fellow, Migration and Health Institute for Global Health University College London, United Kingdom
DEC-2015 Visiting Senior Research Fellow Conflict & Health Research Group King's College London, United Kingdom
MAR-2015 – MAR-2016 Research Associate Refugee Studies Centre Oxford University, United Kingdom
DEC-2014 – DEC-2015 Academic Clinical Research Fellow Public Health in Humanitarian Crises Group London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom
OCT-2013 – DEC-2013 Academic Clinical Fellow Epidemiology & Global Public Health Institute of Health and Society Newcastle University, United Kingdom
AUG-2013 – AUG-2015 Clinical Doctor (Academic Foundation Programme)   Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2013   Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery University of Newcastle upon Tyne
2012   Master of Science University of Durham
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