Sandra Alba


Sandra Alba, MSc, PhD, is an epidemiologist at KIT Royal Tropical Institute with a background in medical statistics. She has 15 years’ experience in the application of statistical and epidemiological methods to evaluate public health programmes primarily low- and middle-income countries.

She obtained an MSc in Medical Statistics at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2006, and soon after joined the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute to work on the monitoring and evaluation of a programme aimed at improving and understanding access to malaria treatment in rural Tanzania. After completing her PhD in 2010, she spent two years working as a clinical trial statistician in Switzerland. At the end of 2012 she joined the KIT as an epidemiologist. She has ample experience in study design, developing data collection tools, co-ordinating fieldwork and data management, perform data analyses, report on study results and formulate public policy recommendations.

At KIT Sandra has specialised in the application of statistical and epidemiological methods M&E and impact evaluations within multidisciplinary teams and in collaboration with local partners in Africa and Asia. Her areas of expertise include child health, malaria, WASH and TB. Her responsibilities include co-ordinating the KIT 2-week summer course on monitoring and evaluation for health. She also teaches statistical and epidemiological methods to MSc students of the KIT Public Health programme and supervises students’ final year theses.

Description of group’s work

The work of the KIT epidemiology group is focused on strengthening public health activities and disease control programs. Combining expertise in epidemiology, environmental sciences, health information management and geographical information systems (GIS), the group conducts research, provides advisory- and M&E services and develops and offers tailor-made training programs. The group supports training and implementation of evidence-based health care and policy development.