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Prof Therese Hesketh
30 Guiford St
29 St Pauls Mews
Tel: 07872934116
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  • Honorary Senior Research Fellow
  • Institute for Global Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

I graduated in medicine in 1983 and trained in paediatrics in London. I spent the next eight years working in Asia as a clinician  and senior manager for NGOs, WHO and UNICEF. While based in China  I also  worked in Indonesia, the Philippines, Cambodia, Laos and  Myanmar. In China I was the lead on the establishment of the first pediatric and neonatal intensive care units, in the cities of Shanghai, Hangzhou and Xian.  I also led on a nationwide basic neonatal programme. Programmes elsewhere covered immunisation, malaria control, safe motherhood and systems for cost recovery.  I returned to the UK in 1993 and trained in public health in London. I came to the Institute of Child Health as a research fellow. I was awarded a Wellcome Trust Clinical Fellowship in 2000 to explore the epidemiology of HIV, HBV and HCV in China. I was awarded my PhD in 2001. In 2004 I became Associate Professor in the Centre for International Health and Development at the Institute of Child Health and became Professor of Global Health at the UCL Institute  of Global Health in 2008.I was Deputy Director of the Institure of Global Health from 2010 to 2015 and Acting Director in 2015. In 2016 I was asked to establish a Center for Global Health at Zhejiang University in China. I am honorary consultant at Public Health England. I have conducted a number of consultancies for UNICEF, UNFPA, European Union, Public Health England and Save the Children Fund, in the UK, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Egypt, Pakistan, India, UAE and Sri Lanka.


Research Summary

My research focus is population health in China. Sources of funding include: DfID, Wellcome Trust, ESRC, MRC, Pfizer, and Chinese government sources. Specific projects, conducted in different regions of  China  include:

1) the epidemiology of HIV, HBV, HCV and syphilis;  2) the impacts of population policy: the One Child and Two Child Policies; 3) health effects of rural-urban migration on migrants; 4) interventions  to improve the psychosocial well-being of rural children left behind by migrant parents; 5) interventions to reduce anti-microbial resistance; 6) child abuse and  neglect;  7) causes of intimate partner violence; 8) adolescent mental health in China and Malaysia;  9) long term effects of Covid-19 in Zhejiang province.

In addition, we are working in Mali, developing an intervention to increase uptake of postpartum contraception. 

Teaching Summary

I have been very active in teaching at UCL for over 20 years. I was Director of Teaching and Learning from 2010 to 2015 and instigated the Masters Programme in Global Health and Development for the Institute of Global Health.  I co-direct  the Masters in Chinese Health and Humanity in the Department of History at UCL. 

I currently lead on two modules, and supervise Masters and PhD students from a wide range of countries. I am a frequent examiner of PhD students, both at UCL and other universities. I run courses on Global Health at Zhejiang University, I recently led on the development of a MOOC in global health, for a Chinese audience. 


Academic Background
2001   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
2000   Member of Faculty of Public Health Royal College of Physicians
1995   Member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
1995   Master of Public Health University of London
1985   Diploma of Child Health Royal College of Physicians
1982   Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery University of Bristol
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