Blizard Institute - Barts and The London

Professor David McCoy, B.Med, DrPH


Professor of Global Public Health

Telephone: 020 7882 2529


David McCoy is a Professor of Global Public Health at the Centre for Primary Care and Public Health at Queen Mary University London (QMUL) where he heads up a unit that delivers a suite of undergraduate and postgraduate Global Health taught programmes, and conducts critical public health research. He is also the Director of Medact, a London-based public health charity which works on the underlying social, political and ecological determinants of global health.

He qualified as 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 he 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).

He 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. He 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.  He is a Trustee of the New Economics Foundation.




Director of Global Health Taught Programmes (MSc and Bsc programmes)

Module lead: Health sytems, Theory and Practice

Lectures on: International PHC; Global Health Governance and Law; Maternal and Child Health



Robson J, Homer K, Solaiman S, Davis A, Khan S, McCoy D et al, 2016. Reducing liver function tests for statin monitoring. An observational comparison of two Clinical Commissioning Groups.  Br J of Gen Prac (in press)

Pope I, Burn H, Ismail SA, Harris T and McCoy D. A qualitative study exploring the factors influencing admission to hospital from the Emergency Department BMJ Open (in press)

Pope I, Ismail SA, Bloom B, Janson G, Burn H, McCoy D and Harris T. An analysis of short-stay admissions at an inner city hospital (Emergency Medicine Journal, in press)

Ismail SA, Pope I, Bloom B,Catalao R,  Janson G, McCoy D and Harris T. Risk factors for admission at three, urban Emergency Departments in England: a cross-sectional analysis of attendances over one month. (BMJ Open in press)

McCoy D, Chigudu S and Tillman T. Tax Policy and Health: Potential for fiscal space expansion and improved health. Health Policy, Economics and Law (in press)

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