UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction


UCL IRDR Centre for Digital Public Health in Emergencies (dPHE)

Cutting edge digital innovations: strengthening global capacity, preparedness and response to public health emergencies

Recent health emergencies have unnecessarily taken thousands lives and cost the global economy billions. The UCL IRDR Centre for dPHE leads on interdisciplinary research, training and policy to break down the limits of current health systems’ capacity and communities’ resilience to improve health and wellbeing; and respond to emergencies at local, national and  international levels.

The UCL IRDR Centre for Digital Public Health in Emergencies seeks to:

  • STRENGTHEN response to global public health challenges and emergencies
  • LEAD cutting edge research into mobile technologies, data science and Policy
  • HARNESS expertise across sectors to strengthen national and International collaboration
  • CULTIVATE the next generation of experts through evidence-based teaching

The Centre provides a connection space for academics, researchers, innovators, decision-makers, NGOs and policymakers working in fields related to digital public health wishing to work collaboratively to tackle difficult questions. We hold a number of events and activities throughout the year including:

  • International Digital Public Health Conference Series – our flagship annual event bringing together Digital Health, Public Health and Computer Science since 2009
  • Postgraduate Taught Programmes - interdisciplinary courses and modules
  • Frontiers Digital Health Journal – interdisciplinary open-access publication
  • Summer School on Digital Public Health in Emergencies
  • Masterclasses on Public Health and Big Data for Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Sponsored Lecture Series featuring top international speakers
  • Internship Opportunities to highlight potential career paths and employability across sectors

Our research interests include, but are not limited to: 

Public Health  Disaster Risk Reduction  -  Mobile Technologies  -  Serious Games  -  Digital Storytelling - Behaviour Change  -  Citizens Science  -  Participatory Surveillance  -  Early Warning Systems  IoT/Sensors  - Big Data Modelling  -  Machine learning  -  Data Science  -  Infection Prevention and Control  -  Decision Support Systems  -  Antimicrobial Stewardship  -  Maternal and Neonatal Health

Want to find out more, contribute to the further development of the Centre or connect with us?

Email:    irdr.dphe@ucl.ac.uk

Office location:

IRDR Centre for Digital Public Health in Emergencies (d-PHE)
Institute of Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR)
Wilkins South Wing - 2nd Floor
University College London
Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT

Social media:

Twitter - @UCL_dPHE
Facebook - @UCL_dPHE


Dr. Patty Kostkova  - Director of the IRDR Centre for Digital Public Health in Emergencies p.kostkova@ucl.ac.uk