Students

Name and Title of Thesis Supervisor Degree Description of Thesis
Adam Koon

Evidence use for policy recommendations: a comparative case study of Intermittent Preventive Treatment policy processes at the WHO Global Malaria Programme

Dr Ben Hawkin PhD
Bianca Dsouza

Evidence use for policy recommendations: a comparative case study of Intermittent Preventive Treatment policy processes at the WHO Global Malaria Programme

Professor John Porter DrPH

The aim of my DrPH research is to understand the influences on the use of evidence in policy making in organisations such as the WHO using a comparative case study of two different policy development processes within the WHO’s malaria department. Specifically, my thesis objectives are to: (a) describe current evidence review and policy setting processes, and how and why they came about; (b) explore the factors that influence the consideration of particular evidence; and (c) examine how factors associated with the policy process influence eventual policy outcomes.
Deborah DiLiberto

Methods of Complex Interventions Research

Dr Clare Chandler PhD
Elizabeth Stevens Professor John Porter PhD
Eric Ikoona

Factors Influencing the Development and Implementation of Nurse-led Antiretroviral Treatment Clinics in Uganda

Dr Neil Spicer PhD A major barrier to universal access to antiretroviral treatment (ART) in Uganda is the critical shortage of trained health care workers, particularly doctors. Although there are plans to legalise nurses to provide ART, little is known about the potential barriers and facilitators to the development and implementation of effective nurse-led ART clinics in Uganda. Thus, this study sought to understand the factors influencing the introduction of nurse-led ART clinics in Uganda as well as to determine nurses’ and doctors’ competencies in delivering HIV care including ART to inform the design of strategies that would enhance their success.
Fiona Campbell PhD
Gemma Aellah

Medical Research as Everyday Life

Dr Clare Chandler PhD
Gillian Mckay

Impact of epidemics on maternal health in post-conflict states

Shelley Lees DrPH An anthropological investigation of trust and confidence that pregnant women and maternity health care workers have in the health system during periods of epidemic disease with nosocomial transmission.
Hannah Graff DrPh
Humphrey Karamagi

Deciphering Governance:Analysing Constructs of Governance in Supporting Governments Attain their Health Goals: A Kenya Case Study

Dr Neil Spicer DrPH The overall aim of the research was to analyse the role, and utility of different constructs of governance in facilitating maximisation of health governance objectives and so improving the attainment of health outputs in a LMIC context.
The specific objectives of the research were to develop an understanding into:
(i) The importance of different constructs of governance that have a positive influence on health outputs, and
(ii) The mechanisms by which these constructs contribute to the desired health outcomes
Ioana Vlad

The political factors influencing the establishment of Health technology Assessment (HTA) agencies in two middle-income countries

Stefanie Ettelt PhD The use of HTA and the creation of HTA bodies are increasingly being promoted in low and middle-income countries (LMIC), as a technical tool for better priority-setting and decision-making. HTA is a complex undertaking not only technically, but also as a policy process of re-structuring decision-making rules in health and political systems. The creation of HTA bodies, including the choices made for their design, as well as their functioning, will reflect political factors. This project aims to explore the political influences on the establishment and functioning of HTA bodies, with a particular interest in LMIC context.
Madeleine Gupta-Wright

Controlling trachoma in Malawi: towards a critical biosocial approach

Melissa Parker

Co-supervised with Professor Simon Cohn

PhD
Manuel Campinas

An ethnography of human-medicinal relations among the Qiang ethnic minority in Western Sichuan: developing a novel methodology for the inclusion of non-biomedical modes of healthcare

Coll Hutchison

Dr Clare Chandler

PhD There is discussion on a how an institutional shift to non-biomedical modes of healthcare might relieve the pressure to prescribe antibiotics. I will be looking into a possible exchange of practices and knowledge between communities and hospitals of Integrated Medicine.
Tara Mtuy

Maasai Response to Mass Drug Administration for Trachoma in a Changing Political Economy in Tanzania

PhD Trachoma, the commonest infection causing blindness worldwide, has greatly decreased in many countries due to mass drug administration (MDA). Yet rates remain high in Tanzania. The Maasai tribe are a majority of the population in trachoma endemic areas in Northern Tanzania. The current programme for delivery of MDA in Northern Tanzania is experiencing low uptake. Reasons for this are not clearly understood. As most of the recipients of the programme are Masaai there is a need to understand non-participation from their perspective.
Frederick Martineau

The process and practice of health system resilience: developing a practice-based and actor-oriented account of health system responses to adversity in Sierra Leone during and after the 2014-16 Ebola epidemic

Melissa Parker

Co-supervised with Professor Kara Hanson

PhD

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