Brian Rice

BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD

Population Health, School of Medicine and Population Health

Senior Lecturer


I am an Epidemiologist with an interest in maximising the strategic potential of health data collected through surveillance and service delivery platforms. I have developed methods that strengthen the infrastructure of national, regional, and global-level public health surveillance platforms.

To maximise the use of data provided by these platforms, I have developed new methods for data linkage, quality improvement, and visualisation, as well as designed new indicators and implemented novel methods to monitor and improve programme performance. I sit on a number of global working and advisory groups, including the UNAIDS Monitoring Technical Advisory Group (to which I have contributed since 2007, and for which I was the inaugural co-chair).

I took up my position at the University of Sheffield in April 2023. I am the Impact lead for ScHARR and Global Health theme lead. I have previously worked at the Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre, the Health Protection Agency, the African Health Research Institute, Public Health England, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LHSTM).

At LSHTM, I was the director of the Measurement & Surveillance of HIV Epidemics (MeSH) consortium, and co-director of the cross-faculty Centre for Evaluation and the Sustainable Development Goal Health & Wellbeing Research (SDG-HaW) consortium. I retain an honorary position as Associate Professor at LSHTM.


PhD Health Sciences, City University London (2016)

MSc Environmental Epidemiology & Policy, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (2001)

Research interests

My primary research interest is strengthening the collection, collation, and use of HIV data to inform prevention and care programming in sub-Saharan Africa.

Working towards this broad objective, my key research areas are

  • developing epidemiological methods to strengthen the collection and use of data collected through surveillance and service delivery platforms
  • characterising the locations, populations and individuals at greatest risk of infectious disease
  • designing and implementing frameworks to collect strategic health data
  • constructing health indicators / minimum indicator-sets
  • implementing continuous data quality improvement
  • formative research into the health and wellbeing needs and priorities of communities

Journal articles


  • Rice B & Dalal S (2022) Chapter 5: Harnessing the strength of routine data for HIV surveillance In Dalal S (Ed.), CONSOLIDATED GUIDELINES ON PERSON-CENTRED HIV STRATEGIC INFORMATION - STRENGTHENING ROUTINE DATA FOR IMPACT Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization. RIS download Bibtex download

Conference proceedings papers

  • Jones HS, Musemburi S, Chinyanganya L, Takaruza A, Chabata ST, Matambanadzo P, Rice B, Hargreaves JR, Hensen B & Cowan FM (2021) Trends in HIV testing yield need to be interpreted within the context of changing testing patterns: analysis of individual-level programme data from Zimbabwe's national sex work programme, 2009 to 2019. JOURNAL OF THE INTERNATIONAL AIDS SOCIETY, Vol. 24 (pp 56-56) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Mugglin C, Klaeger D, Gueler A, Vanobberghen F, Rice B & Egger M (2019) Apples and oranges: Assessment of the care cascade in sub-Saharan Africa. JOURNAL OF THE INTERNATIONAL AIDS SOCIETY, Vol. 22 (pp 69-70) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Fearon E, Phillips A, Mtetwa S, Chabata S, Mushati P, Cambiano V, Busza J, Napierala S, Hensen B, Baral S , Weir SS et al (2018) How can programmes better support female sex workers to avoid HIV infection in Zimbabwe? A prevention cascade analysis. JOURNAL OF THE INTERNATIONAL AIDS SOCIETY, Vol. 21 (pp 81-81) RIS download Bibtex download


Research group

Research projects

Measurement and Surveillance of HIV Epidemics (MeSH) consortium funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Deputy Director and then Director. Approx. $10.5 million US 2015 to 2023.

Sustainable Development Goals Health and Wellbeing (SDG-HaW) consortium funded by Anglo American Group Foundation. Co-director. Approx. $2.3 million US 2018 to 2023.

Current PhD students

Blake Hansen (LSHTM): The DREAMS Partnership: who was reached with a specific combination of interventions and what was the resulting impact on HIV-related, behavioural and social outcomes?

Kombatende Sikombe (LSHTM): Evaluating HIV care and treatment outcomes among adolescents living with HIV in Zambia.

Nisha Jacob (University of Cape Town): Feasibility, validity and utility of digitised HIV testing data as key components of HIV case-based surveillance in South Africa.

Advisory group member to Harriet Jones (LSHTM): The analysis and use of the Zimbabwe Sister’s programme data.

Teaching activities

I am the module lead for Key Issues in Global Public Health (HAR675).

Professional activities and memberships
  • ScHARR Impact Lead
  • Global Health Theme Lead
  • Member of the UNAIDS M-TAG
  • Member of the International AIDS Society
  • Academic reviewer for a wide range of journals, including Nature, Nature Communications, and JAMA Network Open