Sandra Alba


Sandra Alba, MSc, PhD, is an epidemiologist with a background in medical statistics. She has 15 years’ experience in the application of statistical and epidemiological methods to evaluate global health programmes.

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 evaluate a programme aimed at improving 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 designing studies, developing data collection tools, coordinating fieldwork and data management, analyzing data, reporting on study results, and formulating public policy recommendations.

Sandra’s responsibilities at KIT include coordinating epidemiology and statistics courses for the KIT Masters courses in International and Public Health, and she also 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.