Dr Freya Jephcott

My recent work has encompassed a range of areas and topics, from purely epidemiological investigations into outbreaks of unknown origin to larger anthropological investigations of health systems, critiques of epidemiological methods and discussions of African sovereignty and the global economy of public health.


My research interests lie in outbreak surveillance and response systems, particularly those in Sub-Saharan Africa, and how outbreaks of uncertain aetiology are managed. My research sits at the intersection of medical anthropology and applied epidemiology as I apply ethnographic methods to better understand the beliefs and practices of public health professionals and how they influence the efficiency outbreak responses.

Personal interests

In addition to my work at the university, I occasionally work as a Manager of Epidemiological Activities for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) performing outbreak investigations and responses in some of their African missions. I also perform intermittent consultancy for the World Health Organization (WHO) relating to global health systems strengthening.

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  • Former Fellow Commoner