Dr Francis K. Poitier

Dr Francis K. Poitier


My public health experience began as an intern at the Ministry of Health of The Bahamas. I have since joined the University of Leeds as an interdisciplinary teacher and researcher focusing on complex health issues using an intersectional and systems lens. I have worked in the School of Politics and the School of Medicine at the University of Leeds.

My work on food systems dissects health policies, strategies and interventions by examining the socio-cultural and political intersections contributing to nutritional health outcomes.

I co-developed an award-winning intervention to support a collegiate and supportive research culture environment in the School of Medicine that is currently being upscaled.


Research interests

I am currently working with the World Health Organisation’s Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health and Ageing to develop a microplanning tool for maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health at the sub-district level to address equity issues with reaching vulnerable and marginalised communities.



  • PhD in International Health - University of Leeds
  • MSc. (Dist) in International Health - University of Leeds
  • BSc in Biology - University of Richmond

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Health Sciences
  • Research at the Nuffield Centre of International Health and Development