David McCoy is Professor of Global Public Health at the Institute of Population Health Sciences, at the Barts and the London Medical and Dental School within Queen Mary University London. From 2012 till 2017 he was also the Director of Medact, a London-based public health charity that works on the underlying social, political and ecological determinants of global health.
He qualified as a medical doctor from Southampton University and spent six years as a clinician in the UK and South Africa, before entering a career in public health. He spent a further seven years in South Africa with the University of Cape Town and the Health Systems Trust, an NGO established to support the post-apartheid transformation of South Africa’s health care system.
Since returning to the UK, he has worked across the NGO sector, academia and the NHS (including a period as a Director of Public Health in London). He has a doctorate from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and is a Trustee of the Centre for Health in the Public Interest.