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Senior Research Fellow in Global Health, University of Southampton

Dr Michael Head is a Senior Research Fellow in Global Health, based in the Clinical Informatics Research Unit at the University of Southampton, UK. He has a background in public health research and infectious disease epidemiology, with research links in Ghana, Togo, Ethiopia and Brazil. His main research interests are vaccine hesitancy, and also Neglected Tropical Diseases, including scabies and onchocerciasis. Michael also analyses portfolios of research, to review levels of funding for different diseases and to provide insight into research strength, knowledge gaps, and future priorities. He has communicated extensively with the written and TV media throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • –present
    Infectious disease research associate, University College London
  • 2015–present
    Senior research fellow, University of Southampton


  • 2016 
    Amsterdam Institute of Global Health and Development, PhD
  • 2010 
    London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Postgraduate Diploma in Epidemiology