Dr Helen Smith is a social scientist originally trained in human geography, with a master’s in applied population research. Her PhD concerned implementing evidence-based childbirth care in low- and middle-income countries. She has over 15 years’ experience in international public health research and teaching and has been a Dissertation Advisor and instructor for the online Master of Public Health programme since 2012.
Helen began her career at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, as a researcher and lecturer in social science and international health, and then as lecturer in research methods responsible for teaching research methods to international postgraduate students. She has also worked at the University of Manchester as senior lecturer in global women’s health.
Most recently she has been working on a portfolio of contract-based research and technical assistance work for the World Health Organisation and other international agencies. Most of her work involves qualitative research methods and she has worked with colleagues in many countries from China to Zimbabwe. Her primary research interest is maternal health and quality of maternal health care.