Research Assistant


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Jennifer Falconer (MPH, MA, BA) is a Research Assistant in the Institute for Global Health and Development.

  • Overview
  • Research Interests
  • Research Publications
  • Funded Projects
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Academic Awards

Jennifer Falconer is a health scientist with research experience in global health, public health, and anthropology. She utilizes both qualitative and quantitative methods, in particular systematic reviews and meta-analyses, systems dynamics modelling, and biostatistics.

Her current research interests focus on health service delivery, health system resilience, and development of medical devices, in low- and middle-income settings. Jennifer’s past research has explored childhood mortality and illness in low- and middle-income countries, primarily in collaboration with the World Health Organization refining the Integrated Management of Childhood Illness diagnostic guidelines for pneumonia, and with Fundación INFANT in Argentina exploring risk factors for childhood mortality.

Jennifer is undertaking evidence review and synthesis activities in two research areas: 1) the development, adoption and effectiveness of a household yeast sensor for cholera; 2) the effectiveness of pay-for-performance interventions in low- and middle-income countries.

Additionally she is employing systems dynamics methods, in particular Group Model Building, on the Umoya Omuhle project, around TB infection prevention and control in South Africa.

Active research interests:

Low- and middle-income countries, systems dynamics methodology, health in fragility, health service delivery, health system resilience, medical devices, health technology assessment, performance-based financing.

Research Methods:

Systematic review, meta-analysis, group model building, interviews, narrative-synthesis, scoping review, biostatistics (particularly stepwise model building, logistic regression, cox regression, diagnostic accuracy analyses).


Please see my research publications in eResearch – Queen Margaret University’s repository

A Household Yeast Sensor for Cholera

Funded by the USA National Institute of Health, this work supports colleagues at Columbia University in the development of an innovative product for cholera diagnosis and surveillance. Researchers at IGHD explore the product’s adoption, impact and cost effectiveness when used in humanitarian and low-resource settings.

Jennifer teaches as a guest lecturer on the Global Health MSc – focusing on searching and organizing literature, and how to write literature reviews – and teaches PhD sessions on Advanced Literature Searching, and Introduction to Systematic Reviews.

2015: Brotherston Medal awarded for highest coursework and dissertation grades, Master of Public Health, University of Edinburgh.