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Doctor Michael Head

Doctor Michael Head

Senior Research Fellow

Research interests

  • - Health needs study with Ukrainian refugees and displaced populations
  • - Vaccine hesitancy in Ghana and Togo
  • - Use of digital health as part of the pandemic response and in routine healthcare use in Ghana

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Accepting applications from PhD students.

Connect with Michael


Address: Southampton General Hospital, Tremona Road Shirley, SO16 6YD (View in Google Maps)


I have a background in public health research and epidemiology, but work across disciplines, for example collaborating with social scientists. Across the pandemic, I have led COVID-19 research studies in West Africa, in Ghana and Togo. Much of this research has covered vaccine hesitancy and also digital health interventions. Another interest is Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), particularly scabies and other skin NTDs. In 2022, I've been leading on a health needs survey aimed at Ukrainian refugees and displaced populations. 

I am experienced at public engagement, outreach and working with the media (including dozens of interviews on BBC, CNN and other TV stations). I teach at undergraduate and postgraduate level, including lectures on vaccination and misinformation, precision public health, and global health research. 

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