David McCoy

David McCoy

Research Lead

Doctorate, Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
MPhil, Maternal and Child health, University of Cape Town
B.Med, Southampton University
mccoy@unu.edu @dcmccoy11 LinkedIn

David McCoy is a public health specialist and professor of global public health who works in the fields of health systems policy and development; global health governance and international health policy; and the political and economic determinants of health.   Much of his recent research has consisted of multidisciplinary and multi-sectoral case studies. 

He qualified as a medical doctor from Southampton University and spent six years as a clinician in the UK and South Africa, before entering a career in public health. He spent a further seven years in South Africa with the University of Cape Town and the Health Systems Trust where he supported the post-apartheid transformation of South Africa’s health care system. On returning to the UK, he has worked in civil society and the non-government sector (Peoples Health Movement, Aidspan and Medact), in academia (University College London and Queen Mary University London) and in the public sector (the NHS). 

Research Interests

  • Health

  • Health policy

  • Health services

  • Health systems