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Dr Freya Jephcott

Dr Freya Jephcott

Research Fellow (JRF)

Freya Jephcott is available for consultancy.


Biography:

I completed my first undergraduate degree at the Australian National University (ANU) in medical science, before completing a B.A in sociology and social policy at the University of Sydney. I joined the Disease Dynamics Unit (DDU) at Cambridge in 2012 as a master’s student interested in pursuing multi-disciplinary research on zoonoses and completed my PhD in the same area in 2017. I am now a Junior Research Fellow at Queens’ College and remain part of the DDU.

 

Departments and Institutes

Veterinary Medicine:

Research Interests

My research interests lie in outbreak surveillance and response systems, particularly those in Sub-Saharan Africa and how they manage outbreaks of uncertain aetiology. 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.

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.

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. 

 

Keywords

  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Global Health
  • Epidemic control
  • Public Health
  • Africa
  • Anthropology
  • Epidemiology
  • Health-seeking behaviours
  • Public Policy

Topics

  • Zoonoses
  • Emerging viral diseases
  • Communicable disease

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