Professor David McCoy
David McCoy is a Professor of Global Public Health at QMUL’s Centre for Global Health. He leads a unit that delivers a suite of undergraduate and postgraduate global health programmes, and conducts critical public health research.
David is a medical doctor from Southampton University and spent six years working as a clinician, initially in the UK and then in South Africa.
Following that, he entered a career in public health, starting off as a research fellow at the Child Health Unit of the University of Cape Town. He then spent six years working for the Health Systems Trust, an NGO established to support the post-apartheid transformation of South Africa’s health care system, where he was Director of Research and Technical Support for several years.
After ten years in South Africa David returned to the UK, where he completed his formal training in public health medicine. He has since worked across the NGO sector, academia and the NHS (including a period as a Director of Public Health in London).
David has an M.Phil in Maternal and Child Health from the University of Cape Town and a doctorate from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
David is a Fellow of the UK Faculty of Public Health. He is a member of the Steering Council of the Peoples Health Movement, and was the founding managing editor of Global Health Watch, the alternative world health report.
David is a Trustee of the New Economics Foundation.
COVID-19: David McCoy in the news
David McCoy has written and collaborated on a number of articles on COVID-19:
Dr Andrew Harmer
Andrew is the Programme Director for the online MSc in Global Public Health and a Senior lecturer in Global Health Policy in the Centre for Global Public Health, Institute of Population Health Sciences.
He has a PhD in International Relations from the University of Southampton. He has taught at the University of Edinburgh, Bocconi University (Milan), and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Andrew has led and coordinated a number of consultancy projects for leading development organisations on subjects including maternal and child health, health systems strengthening, and global health partnerships.
He has published in leading global health journals, most recently in the BMJ and the Lancet where he has written about climate change and the World Health Organisation.
Dr Jennifer Randall
Jennifer Randall is a medical anthropologist and a passionate, award-winning educator with teaching experience in the USA, UK and China.
Her teaching practice is informed by critical pedagogy (e.g. Freire and hooks) and she has guided hundreds of students on a journey of holistic critique that led to powerful transformations in people’s perspectives on global health and their individual power to engage in social change.
Her teaching expertise includes drug policy reform; participatory action research; mental disability and human rights; childbirth, infant feeding and parenting; and neglected tropical diseases.
What I enjoy most about Dr. Randall's teaching style is her ability to meet students at all levels - her intent listening, composure, honesty, and commitment to 'all' students being engaged, authentically heard, and understood. These facets of an educator are rare. Teaching to nurture student growth and change; teaching that goes straight into the heart.
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Dr Julia Morgan
Julia is a lecturer in Global Public Health. She has a Masters in Public Health (Global Health) from Manchester University, an MA in International Development Management from the Open University, an MSc in Social Research Methods from London School of Economics and a PhD in child development and wellbeing from the London School of Economics. Her first degree was in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics.
Julia originally trained as a health professional and worked for ten years in various NHS hospitals around the country. She's taught on a Masters in Public Health (MPH) for the past 10 years and has worked as a researcher on a child development study, worked for The Children's Society, for Sure Start and for the family support charity Home-Start. She's designed a number of epidemiology Masters level modules.
More recently, Julia has worked with children who live or work on the street in Mongolia, Southern Africa and in Romania. Her area of expertise is global childhoods, children and families, global health, inequalities, gender, humanitarianism and international development.
Dr Jonathan Filippon
Jonathan is a Registered Nurse who graduated at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.
Jonathan holds a MSc by the University of Sao Paulo (USP/Brazil) and a PhD in Public Health at Queen Mary & University of London which focused on access to health and healthcare services. He has worked in clinical settings in South America and in the UK, mostly with public health services management, mental health and primary care.
His research spams from humanisation of healthcare, mental health, health services and health inequalities with a specific interest in mixed methods research and collaborative thinking between different streams of knowledge like social sciences, anthropology and political science.
Stefi is an Associate Professor of Public Health and Sustainability at Azim Premji University, in Bangalore, India. She also coordinates the Sustainable Healthcare Network which produces teaching materials on planetary health for medical and nursing schools.
Her academic background is in medical history (UC Berkeley) and international public health (UCLA). She previously directed public health teaching at Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia, UK and co-designed the Medical Peace Work Partnership's online course on structural violence and health.
Dr Damilola Omodara
Damilola is a lecturer in Global Public Health at Queen Mary University of London. He has a background in Public Health and Sociology and a particular interest in Global Health governance and policy, community health, health disparities and behavioural health.
He's also interested in the social and structural determinants of health and how social, behavioural and political theories are used in practice in areas of delivery designing, implementation and evaluation of health policies and health interventions.
More information about Dr Omodara's research interests and expertise can be found on the Queen Mary website.
Sian Eleri Jones
Sian completed her undergraduate degree in Anthropology at UCL and went on to complete an MA in Education, Health Promotion, and International Development at UCL IOE. She most recently left the University of East London where she worked as a senior lecturer in Public Health and Health promotion, leading modules and projects on community engagement, structural violence, and the politics and practice of empowerment.
Her research interests focus on critical pedagogies, children and youth as active contributors of the social, and domains of wellbeing particularly a person’s sense of efficacy and agency; She uses anthropological and participatory methodologies to explore questions of power, powerlessness, and empowerment. Her most recent work explored the value of education for well-becoming, from the perspectives of young people themselves, within an emerging Public Private Partnership filling the much needed gap of secondary education in Pune, India.
Maria Blandina (a.k.a. Dian)
Dian is an Indonesian General Practitioner who graduated from the University of Indonesia in Jakarta, then with a double bachelor’s degree in medical sciences from the University of Melbourne, Australia. She then continued her studies at the Queen Mary University of London and earned an MSc in health systems and global policy.
She has worked as a clinician at both public and private health care facilities in rural and urban areas in Indonesia and volunteered in disaster emergency relief programs. She has interests in the political economy of health and health system strengthening and focuses her research on health policies in times of financial crisis.
Julia is an online tutor for the Critical Health Economics module. Currently she is pursuing a PhD degree in Economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, where she focuses on the political economy of health policy development and implementation (with a focus on Nigeria, as her case study country) and global efforts to achieve Universal Health Coverage.
She is interested in understanding how different stakeholders, such as policymakers, civil society organisations, health professionals, international partners, etc. shape a healthcare system and influence how healthcare services are delivered and who can ultimately access them. Her research approach is thus very much rooted in understanding the political context in which policies are developed, the causes of economic and social realities within a certain country-context as well as issues of inequality and power.
Prior to her studies in London, she was working with UNICEF’s social policy teams in Burundi, Mali and Senegal. She has completed undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Austria in economics and political science.
Sumegha is pursuing a PhD at the Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. She is currently studying the role of global actors in strengthening health systems in India post 1990 through a case study on the World Bank.
Before her PhD, she worked with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India as a National consultant under the National Rural Health Mission providing support to state and district level health management units for health planning. She has also worked with Public Health Foundation of India and provided research support to different projects.
She is a Homoeopathic physician by training and completed a master’s degree in Health administration. She is also the Chapter lead for Women in Global Health India chapter which is aiming to close the gender gap in global health leadership.
Her main areas of research have been conceptualization of health systems and health systems strengthening, development aid in health, global health governance and integration of alternate systems of medicine in public health system in India.
An anthropologist with a deep interest in education and social justice and in preserving the natural world, Sonali's scholarly work is at the intersection of medical, cultural and linguistic anthropology.
She has several years experience teaching students in schools and colleges in India and abroad, conducting workshops in ethnography, drama and writing. Currently, she is the educator and primary resource person on a project which interrogates ideas of identity and belonging in classrooms across three countries (India, Pakistan and the UK) by focussing on the Partition of Pakistan-India of 1947.
Sonali also teaches A-level Sociology at an alternative school in Bangalore where she foregrounds issues of sustainability and social justice. She's also part of a collaborative ten-month module-based course with ecologists, environmentalists and biologists (“An Apprenticeship in Ecological Nurturance) which works on issues of climate change and land care. She's extremely pleased to be part of Queen Mary Online’s Planetary Health module which offers an unusual combination of rigorous analytic, academic research and direct action.
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