Dr Francis K. Poitier

Dr Francis K. Poitier


I am an interdisciplinary teacher and researcher focusing on complex health issues using an intersectional and systems lens with experience working in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs) and Caribbean island states. I have worked in the School of Politics and the School of Medicine at the University of Leeds.

My research includes examining gender and intersectionality as part of the multi-sectoral challenges in urban health systems; exploring food systems by dissecting health policies and the influence of sociocultural and political factors impacting nutritional health outcomes; and, developing a microplanning tool for maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health at the sub-district level to address equity issues.

My pedagogical and teaching scholarship includes decolonising the classroom, designing innovative student-teacher learning techniques, and developing programmes to support collegiate and supportive research cultures. I am co-developing an online course with the World Health Organization for Health Systems for Health Security. 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 work on several research projects, including:

My teaching and pedagogical research focus include:


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

Student education

I teach a range of topics in the School of Medicine and School of Medicine at the Bachelor and Masters levels, including:

  • Gender, Equity and Health 
  • Health systems in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
  • Non-Communicable Disease control
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health 
  • Impact of colonisation on the making of the modern world
  • Theories and concepts in global political economy
  • Research ethics in global health
  • Research projects in global health
  • Introduction to research methods
  • Advanced qualitative health research

Research groups and institutes

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