Department of Education

James O'Donovan

DPhil Student

College Affiliation: St Edmund Hall

James works with Dr. Niall Winters and the Learning and New Technologies group.

His research interests focus on the use of mobile technologies to train health workers in low- and middle-income countries, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. He is particularly interested in the role of mobile technologies (mHealth) for the supportive supervision of Community Health Workers (CHWs). His thesis will focus on the design, delivery and evaluation of a mobile based supervision platform for CHWs in rural Uganda.

Prior to commencing the DPhil, James was a medical doctor based in Cambridge, with a specific interest in Global Health. He has previously spent time working in Uganda and Kenya with various NGOs and was Kennedy Scholar at Harvard University working with Dr. Thomas Burke at the Massachusetts General Hospital Division of Global Health and Human Rights. He has been recognised for his work in the field of mHealth with awards and grants from The Royal Society of Medicine, The Velji Foundation, The Oxford Centre for Comparitive and International Education and The British Medical Association. He is always happy to connect with others working in the field and have active collaborations with The University of Cambridge and The World Health Organization.


Designing an mHealth based programme to facilitate the supportive supervision of Community Health Workers in rural Uganda

Funded Research Projects:

  • Development and evaluation of a WHO training programme in Ear and Hearing Care for Community Health Workers (CHWs) in rural Uganda.

  • May 2018-May 2019

    British Medical Assosciation Charitable Arm

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