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International research and educaton takes place at most Wessex Universities. The following information will be expanded as information becomes available. 


University of Southampton


Department of Primary Care and Population Sciences

Uganda Sexual Health and Pastoral Education project (USHAPE

USHAPE is an initiative between UK GPs and the Bwindi Community Hospital run in conjunction with the Royal College of General Practitioners delivering family planning and sexual health training and education in Uganda. It receives support from the Tropical Health Education Trust through the Health Partnership Scheme that is funded by UKAID. 

More information from Dr Merlin Willcox (m.l.willcox@soton.ac.uk).  

Global Health Research Institute

The overarching aim of the Global Health Research Institute is to improve global health, through high quality research and education, by bringing together the University’s internationally-recognised researchers to address the major challenges of population and health globally, in an interdisciplinary environment.

Link to its website. 

Link to summary of "soft launch"of the Institute


Centre for Global Health, Population, Poverty and Policy (GPH3)

The Centre for Global Health, Population, Poverty and Policy (GPH3), investigates the interrelationships between health, population and poverty, at both the societal and individual level.The research focuses on four themes -

    • health
    • population,
    • poverty 
    • policy and the interrelationships between the themes


Population Health USRG

The Population USRG (University Strategic Research Group ) is an interdisciplinary group of researchers drawn from faculties across the University of Southampton. Its global health theme is focused mainly on  

    • Maternal and Child Health
    • Population Dynamics
    • Sexual and Reproductive Health
    • HIV/AIDS
    • Over- and Under- Nutrition
    • Other non-communicable diseases and health risk behaviours

Research is multidisciplinary, recognising the importance of structural and socioeconomic determinants of health inequalities, including urbanisation, population ageing, and globalisation. 

It is strong on methodological approaches, using social epidemiology, demographic and statistical modelling, and geospatial analysis of large datasets

Research partners include the China Population and Development Research Centre with whom there is a strategic partnership spanning over a decade and there are partners in many African countries. 


Department of Geography and Environment

The Department of Geography and Environment undertakes extensive research abroad, which includes 

    • the application of population and urbanization mapping for malaria burden estimation,
    • the dispersal of diseases and their vectors through global transport networks
    • quantifying population movements in relation to malaria elimination planning.
    • the application of GIS, mapping, spatial analysis and geostatistical modelling to infectious disease distributions e.g. African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness) in Uganda and scrub typhus in Taiwan. 

Further information about research carried out


Disease Ecology Meetings

The department also runs Disease Ecology Meetings at lunchtimes intended for everyone with an interest in disease ecology, spatial epidemiology and the types of spatial analysis and modelling methods that may be used in this field. These are run once a month at lunchtime.

Further information about Disease Ecology Meetings


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University of Winchester

Centre for Global Health

The Centre is headed by Rachel Locke and hosts both the Wessex Global Health Network and Partnerships in Health Information

It is involved in various pieces of research abroad and runs a BA course on International Development and Global Health and an MSc in Global Health

In 2021 it collaborated with the Wessex Global Health Network to produce a Short Online Introduction to Global Health





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