Kayem, Delphine


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Delphine is a lecturer and global health researcher based in the School of Health Sciences. She is a physician and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health. She holds a DPhil (PhD) in Clinical Medicine from the University of Oxford and a master’s in international health and tropical medicine. She trained as a medical doctor in Tanzania and South Africa where she worked for several years in clinical practice and public health. Her research experience spans maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, emerging and re-emerging diseases, epidemiology, and more recently behavioural medicine. Delphine has served as a consultant for various global health research and capacity/capability building & strengthening projects; most recently supporting the WHO’s Global Alert Outbreak and Response Network (GOARN); The Global Health Network (tGHN); and Health Information for all (HIFA).


Current projects:

  1. Gaining consensus on the components for a self-management intervention for prevention and early diagnosis of recurrent urinary tract infections in older adults.
  2. Clinical Decision making for cessation of methotrexate for children and young people with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis.

Research interests

Delphine's research interests fall broadly under Global Health Research and Applied Maternal and Child Health Research; particularly related to infectious diseases and chronic or long-term conditions (both infectious and non-communicable).

Geographic areas:

  • Low and middle-income countries especially in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • United Kingdom


Delphine's main passion as a teacher is to build capacity and capability for global health research, particularly for and/or in resource-limited contexts.

At the School of Health Sciences, she currently supports research-related modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level, the clinical skills modules for final-year undergraduates, and the student self-selected modules which focus on social determinants of health.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Clinical Medicine - Tropical Medicine and Global Health, University of Oxford

17 Oct 201711 May 2021

Award Date: 16 Jul 2022

Master of Science, International Health &Tropical Medicine, University of Oxford

25 Sept 20151 Sept 2016

Award Date: 5 Nov 2016

Doctor of Medicine, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences

20 Sept 200214 Aug 2007

Award Date: 17 Nov 2007

External positions

Research Fellow, City, University of London

1 Nov 2022 → …


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