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Skin disease in Sub-Saharan Africa: examining the epidemiology, impact on quality of life and access to treatment (GCRF)

Project Description

This PhD studentship, through research undertaken in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), will investigate healthcare provider and patient dimensions for improving care for people with skin disease. Little substantive research has been undertaken in Africa on the prevalence, nature and treatment of skin disease and impact on quality of life; the structure and organisation of the health system for managing skin disease; and the socio-economic environment in which health workers operate to treat skin disease. Given the lack of research from Africa, an exploratory mixed methods study is planned, comprising an epidemiological study and in-depth interviews and surveys of healthcare staff and people living with skin diseases.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop advanced health services research skills, under the supervision of experienced researchers and working with an international research team. The PhD will lead to scientific articles filling a major global health research gap, led by a candidate who has the drive to become an accomplished researcher; and who may be considering a research career on health in low- and middle income countries in the future.

This project will require fieldwork in SSA in collaboration with, and supported by, the Regional Dermatology Training Centre (RDTC) in Tanzania. This will provide an excellent opportunity to obtain first-hand experience in conducting studies in resource-limited settings. Structured training will be delivered throughout the PhD programme at the University of Manchester, with on-the-job training provided by the RDTC director in the relevant research methods and implementation.

Entry Requirements
Candidates are expected to hold (or be about to obtain) an Upper Second class Honours degree (or equivalent) in a related area / subject.

If you are interested in this project, please make direct contact with the Principal Supervisor to arrange to discuss the project further as soon as possible. You MUST also submit an online application form - choose PhD Dermatological Sciences. Full details on how to apply can be found on the GCRF website

Funding Notes

The GCRF PhD studentship programme is a 4 year programme with integrated teaching certificate. There are up to 12 studentships available. Applicants can apply to one project which will start in either April or September 2020.

Funding for the programme will include tuition fees, an annual stipend at the minimum Research Councils UK rate (around £15,000 for 2019/20), a research training grant, training allowance and travel allowance.

As an equal opportunities institution we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status. All appointments are made on merit.

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