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Dr Tim Colbourn
Appointment
  • Lecturer in Global Health (Theme: Epidemiology and Evaluation
  • Institute for Global Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences
Biography

After graduating with a BSc in Microbiology at UCL in 2003, I went straight on to complete a Masters in Control of Infectious Diseases at LSHTM in 2004. My first research job was at the Centre for Paediatric Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the UCL Institute of Child Health from 2005-2007, on a high-profile Health Technology Assessment for the NHS on prevention and treatment strategies for Group B Streptococcus in early infancy. I then joined the Centre for International Health and Development at ICH (a precursor of the UCL Institute for Global Health where I currently work), living and working in Malawi for 4 years on a large randomised controlled trial of community women's groups and health facility quality improvement aimed at reducing maternal and neonatal mortality. During this time I also completed a PhD in Health Economics part-time, where I investigated benefits and costs of the women's group intervention related to quality of life as well as novel methods of measuring them. I passed my Viva with no corrections on 1st October 2012. In 2013 I was appointed Lecturer in Global Health Epidemiology and Evaluation and I teach on a wide range of modules. My research spans maternal, newborn and child health interventions in communities and health facilities in Africa and I have expertise in impact, process and economic evaluation methods, quantitative analysis, health systems and quality improvement. I contribute to a number of international expert groups including Countdown to 2015 for maternal, newborn and child survival, and WHO expert groups on childhood pneumonia and integrated management of newborn and childhood illness. 

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Research Summary

My research spans maternal, newborn and child health interventions in communities and health facilities in Africa and I have expertise in impact, process and economic evaluation methods, quantitative analysis, health systems and quality improvement. My current research includes work on childhood pneumonia in Malawi, quality improvement in resource-poor health systems and disability in Liberia. I have interests in participatory community interventions, prevention of premature birth, the health co-benefits of climate change mitigation and adaptation measures, and adolescent health, among other areas of global health. I have recently been working on four large projects. A Gates-funded study of the impact of the new PCV-13 pneumonia vaccine on all levels of the health system in two districts of Malawi. An EU FP7-funded project on Missed Opportunities in Maternal and Infant Health in Africa, specifically those related to post-partum care for mother and baby. A DfID-funded project called Evidence for Action on Maternal Mortality which is focusing on building community and district-based evidence in six African countries including Malawi for advocacy to improve maternal mortality by also encouraging local and national governments to be more accountable to their people. A Wellcome Trust Strategic Award looking at comparisons between women's group and other interventions aimed at reducing maternal and neonatal mortality, and looking at various methods including meta-analysis, costing and economic evaluation, verbal autopsy and community birth and deaths surveillance systems in six sites in Malawi, India, Bangladesh and Nepal. Prior to these projects I worked on a large randomised controlled trial of community and facility interventions to improve maternal and neonatal mortality in Malawi, where I was based from 2007-2011. 








Teaching Summary

I teach on a variety of postgraduate and undergraduate modules primarily at the UCL Institute for Global Health:

Masters in Global Health and Development, current teaching: Research Methods: Evidence for Global Health (core module), Health Systems in a Global Context (core module), Research in Action: Quantitative Approach, Perinatal Epidemiology and Newborn Care (I lead this module), Evaluating Interventions (I created this module and lead it), Maternal Health in Global Context (I co-lead this module)

Undergraduate intercalated BSc in Global Health, current teaching: Health Poverty and Disease, Global Health Policy

Masters, have previously taught on: Concepts and Controversies in Global Health (core module), Key Principles in Health Economics, Economic Evaluation, Essentials in International Child Health, Applied Anthropology 

In 2015 I successfully completed the UCL Arena Two course, earning my Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

Prior to my appointment as a Lecturer in 2013 I also designed and ran free short courses to teach statistics and research methods to my colleagues in Malawi in 2010 and in Nepal in 2011.


Appointments
02-SEP-2013 Lecturer in Global Health Epidemiology and Evaluation   UCL Institute for Global Health, United Kingdom
28-JUN-2012 – 01-SEP-2013 Research Associate   UCL Institute for Global Health, United Kingdom
06-FEB-2007 – 27-JUN-2012 Research Assistant Centre for International Health and Development UCL Institute of Child Health, United Kingdom
01-JUN-2005 – 31-JAN-2007 Research Fellow Centre for Paediatric Epidemiology and Biostatistics UCL Institute of Child Health, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2012 PhD Doctor of Philosophy University College London
2004 MSc Master of Science – Control of Infectious Diseases London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
2003 BSc Hons Bachelor of Science (Honours) – Microbiology University College London
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