Global Health


Professor Marie Claire Van Hout

About the Group

Global Health is a cross-cutting theme at the Institute for Health Research, and represents all LJMU research active staff collaborating with overseas partners and conducting global health research and evaluation. It focuses on health in the broadest sense, and with a specific focus on right to health, environmental health, health vulnerabilities, and tackling health inequalities and health disparities in low and middle income countries (LMICs). It includes a focus on migrating and displaced communities from the Global South.

General objectives are to support impactful research, generation of evidence and community level co-production to inform capacity building, policy and practice, and advocacy efforts to leverage for system and legislative reforms.

Research Themes

  • Sustainable Development Agenda 2030
  • Low and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs)
  • Health inequalities
  • Gendered health inequalities
  • Heath disparity and key populations (people deprived of their liberty, people who use drugs, commercial and transactional sex workers, gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men, displaced and migrating people)
  • Communicable diseases (HIV, viral Hepatitis, tuberculosis, COVID-19, sexually transmitted infections)
  • Non-communicable diseases (heart disease, cancer, chronic respiratory disease, diabetes, mental health and substance use)
  • Urban, rural, humanitarian, conflict and closed settings (prisons, immigration detention)
  • Fundamental human and environmental health rights (access to medical care and access to medicines, food security and right to nutrition, shelter, clean water and clean air)
  • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Maternal and neonatal health
  • Integrated healthcare and systems
  • Medicines control and essential medicines
  • Drug and alcohol policy
  • Disaster management
  • Gender based violence
  • Workforce and researcher capacity building and clinical audit
  • Implementation science and process evaluation of clinical trials
  • Migration of disease
  • Law enforcement and public health agendas
  • Physical activity and lifestyle modification
  • Wildlife and pollution
  • Emergency logistics chains (e.g. medical and food) and dynamic risk index systems for monitoring outbreaks in cities


Across the institute we collaborate globally to improve health inequalities in marginalised communities.

Click on the map below to see examples of our work and research team collaborations.