Find out about the experience and expertise of the people who will be leading and contributing to the programme.
Dr Liz Grant
Programme Director, is a Senior Lecturer in Global Health and Development, in the Centre for Population Health Sciences at the University of Edinburgh. Her teaching responsibilities include international public health research, global health workforce issues and palliative care. Within the Primary Palliative Care Research Group in the Centre for Population Health Sciences, Dr Grant leads the international palliative care and spiritual and palliative care strands. Her research interests are in health systems and health workforce development and in palliative care. She heads a large DFID funded programme on developing and mainstreaming palliative care into health systems in 4 African countries. Liz also works part time for the National Health Service (NHS) Lothian as an international health advisor and African Health and Social care specialist. She coordinates NHS Lothian’s partnership with Zambia. She sits on the Scottish board of the international Disability Charity, CBM.
Magda Mekky is the Programme Coordinator for the Global Health Challenges Programme. She completed her MSc in Public Health Research from the University of Edinburgh in 2005 with a dissertation on the genetic epidemiology of melanoma. In 2009, she completed additional specialized public health training through the Canadian Field Epidemiology Program (CFEP) administered by the Public Health Agency of Canada. She has worked in various fields related to health including clinical trial regulatory affairs, clinical epidemiology, and outbreak management at the federal level (Canada). Most recently, she was the epidemiology lead for the Family Health Division at a local public health unit in Ontario. Her interests include maternal and child health research and policy.
Rosemary Geddes trained in medicine at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, completed her general practice training in south east Scotland and specialised in public health through the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa. She is a Fellow of the College of Public Health Medicine in South Africa. Her varied clinical experience includes working as a junior doctor in Namibia to GP work in Fife and Edinburgh. Rosemary coordinates the online Masters in Public Health at Edinburgh University and lectures online and on-campus. She has worked on numerous projects including training of tuberculosis managers, implementing Health Promoting Hospitals, polio campaign evaluation, strategic planning for HIV, TB & STI control, and development and evaluation of Prevention of Mother-to-child Transmission of HIV programmes. In Scotland, Rosemary has worked on evaluation of alcohol policy and early childhood interventions.
Larry Doi is a Research Fellow in the Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics. He is also the Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy’s Early Years Working Group Lead. He completed Masters in Public Health at the University of Edinburgh and received his PhD in Public Health from the University of Stirling in 2012. Larry is a Co-Module Lead on developing and evaluating complex public health interventions, which is part of the on-campus Master of Public Health programme at Edinburgh University. He is also a course instructor for the Global Health Challenges Programme. He has worked on numerous research projects including evaluability assessment of enhanced health visiting service, Scottish prisons’ health needs assessment for alcohol problems, and evaluation of alcohol brief interventions in antenatal care settings. He has recently been a principal investigator on two Scottish Government funded projects - evaluation of health visiting and school nursing programmes.
Varia Christie is the Programme Administrator. Her background is in sociolinguistics research and library work, with a keen interest in e-learning. She provides administrative, technical and marketing support for the Programme.