Ruth McQuillan (Chancellor's Award for Teaching, 2020)

Co-Lead UNCOVER (Usher Network for COVID Evidence Reviews), Programme Co-Director (Master of Integrated Global Health - online), Reader


I have ten years’ experience in establishing, developing and leading online master’s programmes in global public health.  I established our successful Master of Public Health online programme, leading it until the end of 2020, during which time it achieved external accreditation from APHEA (Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation).  I led a successful bid for Data-Driven Innovation Health and Social Care investment in three new online MSc programmes.  I co-lead one of these new programmes, the MSc in Integrated Global Health. I launched and co-lead UNCOVER (Usher Network of COVID Evidence Reviews), a collaborative evidence review service provided by staff, students, alumni and emeriti working together on a voluntary basis to respond to requests for public health evidence related to COVID-19.   I co-lead an annual One Health summer school, funded by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission and held alternately in Uganda and Rwanda. Prior to working in academia, I had a career in NHS management and international development.  


Phd - Homozygosity, inbreeding and health in European populations (University of Edinburgh).  MSc – Public Health Sciences (University of Edinburgh). BA (Hons) – Philosophy, Politics, Economics (University of Oxford). PG Certificate - Academic Practice (University of Edinburgh). PG Certificate – Health Service Management (Open University).  

Responsibilities & affiliations

Co-Chair, COVID-END Prioritising Group.  Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Postgraduate teaching

Programme Co-Director, MSc Integrated Global Health

Current research interests

COVID evidence reviews, adolescent health and wellbeing

Past research interests

Genetic epidemiology