Institute for Global Health


Joseph Collins

Joseph's thesis title is "“An individual-based mathematical model simulating maternal and perinatal health and healthcare provision in Malawi to estimate the impact of improved healthcare provision on morbidity, mortality and Disability Adjusted Life Years”

His primary supervisor is Dr Tim Colbourn.

To get in touch with Joseph, please email him at joseph.h.collins@ucl.ac.uk.

About Joseph

Joseph is a PhD student and Research Assistant, who joined the the Institute for Global Health in October 2018.

During his undergraduate degree and clinical training as a Nurse (King’s College London 2010-13) Joseph spent time volunteering in both health facilities and remote village communities across the Siem Reap province of Cambodia.  This experience highlighted the difficulties of ensuring health-service provision in resource constrained settings and the vast inequities in access to healthcare experienced by marginalised communities.

Following a four-year period of clinical practice in critical-care and emergency nursing he pursued his Master’s degree in Global Health and Development at University College London (2016-17), receiving training in global health and development theory and policy, research methodology and developed a special interest in perinatal epidemiology and maternal health.

After gaining further research training working as a member of a clinical trial management team, supporting the management of randomised control trials in both the UK and East Africa, he returned to UCL to undertake his PhD. 

Thesis summary

The primary research question of Joseph’s PhD thesis is “What is the impact of Antenatal care, Skilled Birth Attendance and Post-Natal Care on morbidity, mortality and Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALYs) at the population-level in Malawi and what potential is there for reductions in these with improved implementation?”

Joseph’s research forms part of the Research Councils UK funded project “Thanzi La Onse” (Health for All) which aims to improve population health and reduce health inequities in Malawi and Uganda through the development of research to inform resource allocation decision making in the region. 

He is part of a team of epidemiologists who are developing an ambitious individual-based “whole system, all disease” simulation model of Malawi and its health system. Joseph research entails the conceptualisation, parameterisation and construction of a model which simulates maternal and perinatal health, antenatal care, skilled birth attendance and postnatal care services in the region.

Whilst initially the model will reflect the current state of maternity care in the region it will be used to run a number of scenarios of improved implementation to quantify impact and cost effectiveness of reductions in mortality, morbidity and DALYs.

Additional information about the Thanzi La Onse project can be found at https://thanzi.org/