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Drawing on the existing academic strengths of Green Templeton College and the wider research community in the University, GTC has launched a Global Health Policy Programme, led by Fellows Winnie Yip and Ken Fleming, for advancing knowledge and excellence in implementing policy aspects of global health using an evidence-based approach.  

Low-cost and high-effectiveness health interventions exist but many people, especially those in lower and middle income countries (LMIC) lack access to them, leading to avoidable and preventable mortality and morbidity which impose significant disease and financial burdens on the world's population.

The intellectual questions GHPP aims to answer are: why do people lack access to evidence-based healthcare; how should/could healthcare policies be designed to effect affordable and equitable access to evidence-based healthcare; what are the pre-conditions for effective implementation of policies?

The search for solutions to these questions is not new, as exemplified by the recent global agenda to achieve universal health coverage (UHC: defined as  securing access for all to appropriate promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative services at an affordable cost) and the Millennium Development Goals. However, many solutions remain at the stage of ideas with limited evidence on whether they work and, if so, what are the pre-conditions required. Where evidence exists, it can be fragmented and inaccessible to policymakers.

Through a series of theme-based world-class speaker series, collaborative and inter-disciplinary research projects and educational material development, and student-led seminars and journal clubs, the Programme's objectives are to:

  • discover and synthesise evidence of effective design and implementation of policies to achieve affordable, equitable, and sustainable access to evidence-based healthcare
  • disseminate the findings to policy-makers and professionals to effect policy-making, implementation and changes in practice
  • provide a platform to facilitate synergy in research and teaching among GTC members and between GTC and other Oxford academics with similar interests.

For more information about the Global Health Policy Programme, or to join our e-mailing list on future activities associated with the Programme, please contact:

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Wednesday 5 November 2014 at 5pm
Investing in Health: Opportunities to Achieve Dramatic Global Health Gains by 2035

Speaker: Gavin Yamey, Associate Professor, Global Health Group, University of California, San Francisco.

Global Health 2035 ( is an ambitious new investment framework to begin closing the stark gap in health status between those living in high-income versus those in low- and lower-middle-income countries (LICs and LMICs).

Written by The Lancet Commission on Investing in Health (CIH), a group of 25 renowned economists and global health experts under the leadership of Lawrence Summers and Dean Jamison, Global Health 2035 provides a roadmap to achieving dramatic gains in global health through:

  • a "grand convergence" in global health by 2035-that is, a reduction in infectious, child, and maternal deaths in LICs and LMICs down to levels seen today in wealthier countries
  • major reductions in the incidence and consequences of non-communicable diseases and injuries, particularly through use of fiscal policies, such as taxation of tobacco, alcohol, and sugar-sweetened sodas and an end to fossil fuel subsidies; and
  • the promise of "pro-poor" universal health coverage.

Gavin Yamey, CIH Commissioner, will present the key findings of the report, and its implications for health investments by donor-, middle- and low-income countries.

Venue: E P Abraham Lecture Theatre, Green Templeton College.

Registration essential: register online here.

Past events

Wednesday 19 May 2014 5pm
EHealth Seminar - Learning From International Experience

This international seminar and panel discussion was chaired by Dr Pēteris Zilgalvis, Head of Unit for eHealth and Well Being in DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology (CNECT) in the European Commission.

Speakers were Professor George Crooks OBE, Medical Director for NHS 24 and Director of the Scottish Centre for Telehealth & Telecare, and Dr Peeter Ross, associate professor at the Tallinn University of Technology (TUT). He also serves as an e-health expert at the Estonian E-Health Foundation.

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Thursday 27 and Friday 28 February 2014
Crossing boundaries - Africa - Oxford Health Systems Research Collaboration

International speakers at this Symposium will include:

Professor Andy Oxman, Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services, Oslo
Dr Simon Lewin, Senior Researcher, Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services and MRC South Africa
Professor Lucy Gilson, University of Cape Town, South Africa

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Wednesday 29 May 2013 5.30pm to 7pm
Health Systems Research in Kenya  - bringing health, epidemiology, economics, social and political science together

Speaker: Professor Mike English, Professor International Child Health,Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow,Nuffield Department of Medicine and Department of Paediatrics, Oxford University, and Kenya Medical Research Institute – Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Kenya

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MSc Global Health Science, Department of Public Health and Green Templeton College Global Health Policy Programme Seminar Series

Presented by MSc students.

Wednesday 30 January 2013 at 5pm
Universal health coverage: what is Asia doing?

Wednesday 6 February 2013 at 5pm
What is value for money? Comparing the healthcare systems of the USA, UK, Zambia and the Republic of Korea.

Wednesday 20 February 2013 at 5pm
The road to incorporating Non-Communicable Diseases into healthcare systems

Tuesday 22 January 2013
The GHPP Lecture: Maternal Health and Global Health Policy

Speaker: Professor Ann Langer MD, Women and Health Initiative, Maternal Health Task Force Director, Professor of the Practice of Public Health at theHarvard School of Public Health.

Since 2000, the reduction of maternal mortality has been recognised as one of the most pressing global health priorities (Millennium Development Goal No. 5). In this presentation, the role of health policies - at the global, national, and institutional levels - on maternal health will be analyzed.

While some progress has been made, maternal mortality remains stubbornly high in low-income countries. This is in spite of the fact that safe, effective and affordable interventions to address the major causes of maternal mortality have been available for years. Lack of enabling health policies explain, to a great extent, this limited progress. During the presentation, these points will be illustrated with several examples from around the world, both past and current.

The lecture also included a short presentation of the Maternal Health Task Force, a Harvard School of Public Health project that aims at positively influencing policies for the improvement of maternal health. Some outstanding activities (including a collaboration with the University of Oxford on the Intergrowth-21st project) were highlighted and discussed.

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Friday 23 November 2012 at 5-6.30pm
Universal Health Coverage: Science, Policy and Practice

Speaker: Joe Kutzin, World Health Organisation

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Tuesday 13 November at 4.30pm
Interdisciplinary Student Meeting

The GHPP has a strong focus on encouraging student participation. Three GTC doctoral students will make short presentations of their work and encourage discussion and debate.  This event focussed particularly on research students but all are welcome.


Sean Grant, Centre for Evidence-Based Intervention
Development of a CONSORT Extension for Complex Social Interventions

Kopano Mabaso, Department of Public Health
Journeying to Universal Coverage -Single Purchaser vs Multiple Purchaser health insurance systems: Which route should South Africa take?

Jacob McKnight, Said Business School
Afro-Corporatism and Hospital Reform: New Public Management Emerges in Africa

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Monday 24 September 2012

Systems Thinking and Systems Change: Collaboration Strategies for Low to Middle Income Countries

Joint lecture by the George Centre for Healthcare Innovation and the Oxford Global Health Policy Programme at Green Templeton College

Speaker: Allan Best PhD

How we think about knowledge and its role in guiding health system innovation and change has evolved in recent years to focus on complex systems and new models for producing and using evidence. This lecture traced that evolution through the experience of a research team embedded within a local health system while linked to innovation and policy initiatives at regional, national and international levels. Recent initiatives focused on low to middle income countries (LMICs) will be summarised, encouraging discussion of how LMICs and High Income Countries (HICs) can learn with each other. Dr Best proposed that a system's view of the translation and implementation problem sharply focuses on the need for interorganisational collaboration.

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Launch event

The Oxford Challenge
How can Oxford help provide the evidence for improving health and healthcare globally for the benefit of the world's whole population?

Lord Nigel Crisp

The Programme was launched on Wednesday 8 February 2012 at Green Templeton College by Lord Crisp.

The seven billion people in the world have rights to health and healthcare which are not yet being met. As populations grow, needs grow. As countries become wealthier, demand grows. There is innovation and investment around the world - with lessons coming from low and middle income countries as well as high income ones - but only limited evidence about what works most effectively and equitably. How can Oxford best contribute to creating and disseminating the evidence base?

This is a multidisciplinary challenge which requires the inputs of everyone from anthropologists to engineers, economists to geographers, basic and policy scientists to philosophers - and the Business School as well as the Medical and Nursing Schools.

Lord Crisp is an independent crossbench member of the House of Lords and works mainly on international development and global health. He was Chief Executive of the NHS in England and Permanent Secretary of the UK Department of Health between 2000 to 2006.

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