Professor Ruairi Brugha MB, BCh, BAO, MD, FFPHMI, MSc, DCH, Dip Obs, Dip Humanities

Head of the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health Medicine

Ruairi Brugha is a medical doctor and public health specialist with 25 years' experience in international and national health systems, public health and policy research. He spent six years in Africa in the 1980s and 1990s as a clinician, public health specialist and researcher at the district level. He was a lecturer and senior lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 1995-2005 where he was Head of the Health Policy Unit 2003-05 and editor of Health Policy and Planning. In 2005 he moved to RCSI as the first full-time Head of the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health Medicine.

He has had research grants in the tens of millions of euros as Principle Investigator from the European Union, Irish Health Research Board (HRB), bilateral donor agencies and Wellcome Trust, and has published extensively. He coordinated two multi-country, north-south global health research networks, 2005-13, and since 2015 he has been developing research on health worker migration, funded by the HRB, including studies on the migration of doctors into and out of Ireland: http://www.doctormigration.com. He was PI on a cluster randomised controlled trial in Malawi and Zambia: http://www.costafrica.eu. Following on from this research project, he is now co-PI on a new project to scale up the delivery of accessible, elective and emergency surgery at district hospitals to national level programmes in three African countries (SURG-Africa).

He has an interest in policy analysis and is supervising PhD students who are analysing national and global health policies.