London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) MARCH Centre for Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive and Child Health

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Maternal, reproductive and child health problems are major contributors to ill health worldwide, and account for over 13 million deaths every year, many of which are preventable. The MARCH Centre brings together researchers, students and practitioners to address these problems. We conduct studies in low, middle and high-income countries. Our world-renowned researchers have strengths in epidemiology, intervention studies and health economics and policy.

We aim to consolidate research and communications among researchers. The Centre has three interconnected themes: A (Adolescents), B (Births) and C (Children). Each theme offers its members a forum to exchange ideas, share news and take advantage of unique multidisciplinary strengths of LSHTM under the auspices of MARCH Centre.

The Centre strengthens and promotes innovation, evaluation and evidence-based policy-making by fostering communication and collaboration inside and outside the London School of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene and between researchers and policy makers, across a range of settings in over 100 countries and multiple disciplines including:

Description: observational epidemiology, high-quality national and global estimates and social science theory and analyses are the foundation for linking data to action.

Discovery: understanding infections, genetic and epigenetic risks, and delineating risks for adverse outcomes especially during the two crucial windows of pregnancy and the first two years after birth, and adolescence.

Development: innovations in diagnostics, devices and strategies, for example to improve quality of care.

Delivery: a major strength is in intervention and health systems research, with economic and policy analysis.

Currently we have over 230 researchers covering themes along the continuum of care.

We also welcome students to study on issues related to maternal, reproductive and child health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

Training is provided through a range of taught Masters courses and research degrees, many of which can be studied on a full-time or part-time basis, or through distance learning.
In addition, a range of short courses provide intensive advanced learning. See below for information on Masters Degrees, Short Courses, Study Modules and Research Degrees (PhD, DrPH).
The MARCH Centre also offers a free six-week free online course that presents the latest data, priorities and debates about the health of adolescents, mothers, newborns and children worldwide. For more information, please visit our website.