Institute for Global Health

Prof David Osrin

Prof David Osrin

Professor of Global Health

Institute for Global Health

Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

Joined UCL
1st May 2001

Research summary

David's current research focus is on prevention of violence against women in India. His interests include evaluation of community-based programmes through a range of methodologies such as cluster randomised controlled trials. He has a track record of research into maternal and newborn care and outcomes in poor communities, low birth weight, nutritional interventions to improve newborn survival, community mobilisation through participatory interventions, health service interventions to improve the quality and outcomes of maternal and neonatal care, field surveillance systems for public health indicators, and large-scale evaluation of public health interventions. He has conceived and collaborated on a number of cluster randomized controlled trials to improve newborn health and survival, in India, Nepal and Malawi. In recent years he has become increasingly involved in research on urban health, particularly of women and children in vulnerable communities. His primary current collaboration is with the Society for Nutrition, Education and Health Action (SNEHA) in Mumbai, India.

Teaching summary

David has been teaching at UCL since 1999. He coordinated the UCL MSc module on perinatal epidemiology and newborn care until 2013, supervises PhD students and is a member of ethical and examination boards. He has been coordinating the UCL MSc module on urban health since 2014. He has contributed to the MRCPCH Mastercourse designed by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, and textbooks of neonatology, maternity care in low-income countries and global health. 


University College London
PhD, Child Health | 2006
To be updated
MRCPCH, Paediatrics | 1999
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
DTM&H, Clinical Medicine | 1997
Royal College of Physicians
MRCP, Clinical Medicine | 1992
To be updated
MA, | 1990
University of Cambridge
MB, | 1990


David is a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow in Clinical Science, UCL Professor of Global Health, and Honorary Consultant at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, based at the UCL Institute for Global Health, but living and working in south Asia since 1998.