School of Social and Political Science

Mark Hellowell

Mark Hellowell
Dr Mark Hellowell
Lecturer in Global Health Policy
Social PolicySchool of Social and Political ScienceUniversity of Edinburgh
2.20 Chrystal Macmillan Building Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
0131 6511330
Research Interests
Public/private interface in health and health systems

Research focus and approach

Mark's research programme focuses on the public/private interface in health care and health systems. His approach is multidisciplinary, and incorporates policy analysis, finance and economics. In addition to publishing in a diverse array of peer-reviewed journals, he has disseminated his findings through a variety of media, including the BBC's Panorama, The Guardian and the Financial Times. He gives regular interviews to national print and broadcast media on public policy issues, and has provided oral and written evidence to both UK and Scottish parliamentary select committees. His work is diverse in terms of geographical focus, disease area and form of delivery. He is acting as special adviser to the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee in relation to its ongoing inquiries into the use of private finance in health and other public services. He has advised the World Bank on the implementation of public-private partnerships for acute health services in Lesotho, the International Council on Management of Population Programmes on private sector engagement strategies for reproductive health in the Asia-Pacific, and MercyCorps on the operation of the public-private mix programme in tuberculosis care and control in Pakistan. He provides postgraduate teaching on health systems strengthening and reform, working within the Global Public Health Unit and the Academy of Government, and is keen to supervise PhD students who are interested in the role of the private sector in health care.


Selected recent publications


Recent reports, working papers and policy interventions 


Selected recent media work and interviews




Mark is the Postgraduate Adviser for the Social Policy Subject Area. He is Programme Director of the MSc Health Systems and Public Policy. He is Course Organiser for two MSc courses: Health Systems Analysis and Health Systems: Strengthening and Reform.

He is also a lecturer on the MSc course Economic Issues in Public Policy and teaches on the Masters of Public Policy (MPP), run by the School's Academy of Government. Mark holds a PhD in Health Policy, an MSc in Public Policy, and a Postgraduate Certificate in University Teaching. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.



Topics interested in supervising

I am keen to supervise PhD students with an interest in the public/private interface in health care and health systems.

If you are interested in being supervised by Mark Hellowell, please see the links below for more information:

PhD in International Public Health Policy; MSc (R) Public Health Policy