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Prof Liz Grant

Personal Chair of Global Health and Development

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MA Religious Studies, University of Aberdeen

PhD  University of Edinburgh




Assistant Principal Global Health and Director of the Global Health Academy

Management:  As Director of the Global Health Academy I have responsibility for overseeing the numerous global health initiatives across the Univeristy,  and for supporting programmes and global health communities of practice who work in partnership with the Academy.  

Teaching:    Co-Director for the Masters in Family Medicine and the MSc in Global eHEalth and Director for the Certificate in Global Health Challenges.   I have been involved in developing a number of new online programmes, online and blended courses and a MOOC.  

I am a member of the Primary Palliative Care Research Group and lead the international and the spiritual care research strands for this community of researchers.  

Research:  Skills in rapid appraisal methodologies, qualitative and ethnographic research. My areas of research include palliative care, health system strengthening, including integrated and person centred care, compasison, resilience and faith, and Sexual and Reproductive Health, including HIV and Circumcision. I am on the Editorial Council of the Journal for Global Health, and am a trustee for the international disability and rehabilitation charity CBM.

I worked for the Scottish Government as the Senior Health Advisor for the International Development Team with a special remit for the Scottish Government's National Partnership with Malawi. I also worked as a specialist in International Global Public Health for NHS Lothian Public Health Directorate.  

Internationally I have worked in Kenya for 5 years in a rural hospital as lead for the Community Health Department and in Sierra Leone during my PhD.  



  • Global Health Unit of the Health, Ethics and Society module of year 1 MBChB
  • Supervision of year 4 MBChB Special Study Components in global health, spirituality and palliative care


  • Programme Co-director: Masters in Family Medicine  and MSc in Global eHealth
  • Programme Director  Certificate in Global Health Challenges 

  • PhD Supervision:

    • Dr Anne Aboaja Mental wellbeing and spirituality of female prisoners in Latin America

    • Negalign Bayou Quality of Labour and Delivery Services in Government Hospitals of Ethiopia

    • Ai Oishi Health promoting palliative care in Japan

    • Ghadah Assiri Investigating the epidemiology of medication errors and error related adverse drug events (ADEs) and assessing their severity in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
    • Kellen Kimani Quality of life: experiences and expectations of patients living with advanced heart failure in Kenya

    • Paul Kawale Strengthening health systems in Malawi through ICT: impact evaluation of AfyaPro

 Recent Research Projects

  • Zambia UK Health Workforce Alliance Secretariat (DFID, 2015-2017) Grant L.

  • J & J Partnership Grant (May 2015) Grant L, Storrar J.  

  • Strengthening and Integrating Palliative care into the Rwanda Health System:  Rolling out the model (DFID Health Partnership Scheme, 2015-2017) Grant L, Leng M, Downing J.

  • Global Health: Innovation and education in partnership with University of Rwanda College of Medicine and Health Sciences (Commonwealth Commission, 2015-2018) Grant L.

  • Uganda Nurse leadership professional programme for palliative care (DFID Health Partnership Scheme, 2015-2017) Grant L, Leng J, Downing J,  Gahire R.

  • Oral and cervical cancer in rural India: Using mHealth and primary care to improve prevention, screening and early diagnosis (British Council Global Innovations Initiative, 2015-2017) Weller D, Grant L, Finkel M, Velavin J, Isaac R.

  • Extending palliative care reach from secondary to primary health care level and from urban to rural communities - Shared lessons Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Santiago  Newton Fund) Cruz P, Weller D, Owen G, Grant L

  • Strengthening and integrating palliative care into national health systems through a public health primary care approach to contribute to meeting the targets of MDG goal 6 (THET  DFID  Multi Country Partner Grant, 2012) Grant L, Leng M, Mwangi-Powell F. 

  • Development of the tools and the learning culture for a bespoke Family Medicine Distance Learning online programme model capable of being scaled up and rolled out widely (British Council Knowledge Exchange Partnership, 2013) Weller D, Grant L, Velavin, Broadhurst J, Spiller J.
  • ICT to improve rural health care for pregnant women and new mothers (Scottish Government, 2012) Grant L, Kwale P, de Jonge E.

  • Building Resilience among the elderly through linked faith and NHS based interventions in Scotland (Scottish Government, 2013) Grant L. 

Research activities & awards

  1. Board Member Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) 2015

    Activity: Consultancy typesContribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups


    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

  3. Local Central Area Equality and Diversity Committee

    Activity: Consultancy typesContribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups

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