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Aronrag Meeyai


Epidemiology, Statistics, and Health Economics module lead for MSc in International Health and Tropical Medicine

I teach on the MSc in International Health and Tropical Medicine and am the module lead for Epidemiology, Statistics, and Health Economics. I have also held an Oxford Policy Engagement Network Fellowship and am currently joint PI in a British Council project to strengthen leadership with gender equity, diversity and inclusivity in higher education institutions in the Greater Mekong Sub-region and Timor-Leste.

I obtained my PhD in 2009 in infectious disease modelling supervised by Prof Neil Ferguson & Prof Christl Donnelly at Imperial College and my MSc in 2004 (Modern Epidemiology) also from Imperial College. I also hold an MSc in Applied Statistics and a BSc in Economics from Thailand. I was a Fogarty Fellow in the Department of Biostatistics at the Harvard School of Public Health (2000-2001), where I worked on statistical analysis of HIV data.
After studying and working in the UK from 2003-2009, I worked at Mahidol University in Thailand from 2009 to 2019. During those ten years, I was the co-director of the MSc course in Infectious Disease Epidemiology and also a co-director of the PhD course in Health Technology Assessment at Mahidol University. As well as jointly running two courses, my work involved teaching statistical methods for epidemiology, mathematical modelling and health economics.  

In 2019, I relocated back to the UK and worked with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) as an Assistant Professor working on the analysis of epidemiological data for visceral leishmaniasis. At LSHTM, I also organised and taught the “Analytical Models for Decision-Making” MSc module. 

My main research interest is in the use of epidemiological and economic modelling to support evidence-based public health decision-making. My work has made use of mathematical and statistical modelling and economic analyses to inform evidence-based policy-making both in Thailand and, more broadly, in South and Southeast Asia. This work has addressed issues including national influenza vaccination policies, dengue vaccination, other vaccine-preventable diseases, rabies control, tobacco control, and human resources for healthcare services. I have worked closely with Thailand’s Ministry of Health, and the Health Intervention and Technology Assessment Program (HiTAP).  I have also worked with the Mahidol Oxford Research Unit (MORU) in Thailand using mathematical models to help understand the impact of substandard and falsified medicines on drug-resistance in malaria.  I have held research grants from the World Health Organization, Thailand’s National Science and Technology Development Agency and Health Systems Research Institute, and the UK Medical Research Council.