Dr Samantha Colquhoun

MPH (International health), PhD
Senior Fellow, ASEAN MAE Program, PAC-EVIPP & Timor -Leste Bacteria Enteropathy and Nutrition (BEN) study Project Lead NCEPH
ANU College of Health and Medicine
T: 0412 040 542

Areas of expertise

  • Public Health And Health Services 1117
  • Health Information Systems (Incl. Surveillance) 111711
  • Infectious Diseases 110309
  • Epidemiology 111706
  • Pacific Peoples Health 111715
  • Community Child Health 111704
  • Major Global Burdens Of Disease 420207
  • Nutritional Epidemiology 420208
  • Community Child Health 420601

Research interests

  • Emerging diseases
  • Health security
  • Tuberculosis
  • Maternal Child Health
  • Rheumatic Heart Disease
  • Immunisation research and EPI
  • Health System Stregthening
  • Health workforce 
  • Public Health emergency response


Samantha is an epidemiologist and international health researcher with 25 years’ experience in operational and clinical health research in low and middle income countries. Her work has primarily focused the delivery of maternal and child health services to vulnerable populations, the epidemiology and management of rheumatic heart disease in the Pacific, drug-resistant tuberculosis, vaccine clinical trials, Maternal and Child Health and health system strengthening.

Prior to joining NCEPH  Sam has held roles in programme management and research in the Pacific and Papua New Guinea. Sam has worked extensively in Africa, Asia and the Pacific. 

Sam joined ANU in March 2019 as a Research Fellow with NCEPH, working on a variety of Infectious Disease Surveillance and Response projects. She is currently a Fellow on the ASEAN Scholars program for the Masters of Epidemiology, supervising students from Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar.  Her research program focuses on food safety and infant and child malnutrition and infection in Timor-Leste and field epidemiology workforce strengthening in the Pacific and South East Asia.


Researcher's projects

  • Pacific Evidence Informed Policies and Programs (Pac-EVIPP)-PI
  • ACIAR Bacterial enteropathy and nutrition (BEN) study Timor-Leste  (2023-2027) -PI
  • Stunting and gastrointestinal infections in infants in Timor-Leste: A pilot study -PI
  • ASEAN MAE Scholars Program (completed)
  • Integrated Systems for Epidemic Response (ISER CRE) - completed
  • NHMRC End RHD CRE associate investigator -completed
  • Public Health risk factors for hypernatraemic dehydration of infants in Timor-Leste

Available student projects

Not currently available for student supervision.

Current student projects

Ms Nadine Hunt, 2024-25 MAE scholar, Mayu Kawayu study

Ms Kristen Graham, PhD scholar. Topic: Strengthening the birth preparedness and complicationreadiness capacity of primary care midwives working in rural and remote resource-limited settings; providing evidence for policy and practice.

Dr Kudakwashe Chani, PhD scholar. Topic: Models of care for patients with drug-resistance tuberculosis in low- and middle income countries. 

Ms Malen Chan, ASEAN MAE Program, Masters of Philosophy in Applied Epidemiology, Field Placement- Insitute Pasteur au Cambodge (2022-2023)- completed 

Ms Stephanie Panchision, PhD scholar, Understanding the health burden and control impacts for Salmonella infections in Australia.

Ms Huyen Nguyen, ASEAN MAE scholar, Masters of Philosophy in Applied Epidemiology, Field Placement National Insitute of Hygeine and Epidemiology, Hanoi, Vietnam (2022-23)-completed 

Dr Abu Sayeed, PhD Scholar. Sources and transmission routes of zoonotic important enteric pathogens: A OneHealth approach to the analysis of exposure and genomic data.

Dr Daniel Fakaufon. Masters of Philosophy in Applied Epidemiology, Field Placement Fiji Ministry of Health, Centre for Disease Control. (2023-24)

Mr Stefan Thotunkul. Honours student, JCSMR, ANU (completed 2022)

Ms Margie Niki. Masters of Philosophy in Applied Epidemiology, Field Placement Darwin. NT. (completed)

Dr Tin Tun Win, ASEAN MAE Program, Masters of Philosophy in Applied Epidemiology, Field Placement- Ministry of Health, Naypytaw, Myanmar  (2020-2021 completed)

Dr Khonesavanah Bounma, ASEAN MAE Program, Masters of Philosophy in Applied Epidemiology, Field Placement- National Centre for Laboratory and Epidemiology,Vientiane Laos PDR.  (2020-2021 completed)

Dr Ei Ei Zar,  ASEAN MAE Program, Masters of Philosophy (2020-2022). Myanmar (Completed).

Dr Amy Parry, PhD scholar. Topic: Field emergency epidemiology health workforce system strengthening (completed)

Investigation of risk factors related to forumula feeding in Timor-Leste- SORT-IT student project Almerio Moniz, SAM Study, Dili, Timor-Leste (completed)

Evaluation of meningitis/encephalitis syndromic surviellence  in Timor-Leste- SORT-IT student project Adelio Miguel, Ministry of Health, Timor-Leste (completed)



Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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Updated:  20 April 2024 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers