Dr Tara Harrop

Dr Tara Harrop

Clinical Lecturer in Postgraduate Education

Peninsula Medical School (Faculty of Health)



Clinical lecturer

Global Health Module lead for MSc Global Health

Lead for Global Health Collaborative, University of Plymouth

Research Interests - Global health education, opportunities, partnerships and research. Interest in the reciprocal benefits of Global Health partnerships and benefits to individual health workers and whole health systems both in the UK and in Low and Middle Income Countries. Quality improvement, leadership and innovation approaches to health systems strengthening


MA hons Oxon,   Human Sciences 2000

MBBS,   Guys, Kings and St Thomas Medical School, London 2005 

MRCP London 2010

Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene,  University of Alabama/Gorgas, Peru 2008 

MScPH,   London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine 2010 

MFPH London

International Health Consultancy,   Liverpool School of Tropical medicine 2014

PDAP   Plymouth University 2017

Professional membership

MRCP - Membership of the Royal College of Physicians, London

MFPH - Faculty of Public Health






Teaching interests

Teach Global Health module on MSc Global Health (Rural and Remote) and Global Health (Leadership)




Selected Publications

An Introduction to the New Online Journal club-‘Surgery in Africa’, and First Summary of a Module-Compartment Syndrome and Diagnostic Tests. East and Central African Journal of Surgery. 2015 Nov 1;20(3):12-20. Kazuma S, Harrop T et al.

Prevalence and associated harm of engagement in self-asphyxial behaviours (‘choking game’) in young people: a systematic review. Archives of disease in childhood (2015): archdischild-2015. Busse, H. Harrop, T. et al.

The cost effectiveness of reconstructive surgery in Cambodia. Asian Biomed 7(3):319–324. (2013). Rattray KW, Harrop TC et al.

Rapid Response Letter - Port health and an evidence based strategy for TB management at London Heathrow. BMJ 5th October 2011. Harrop, T. et al.

How to minimise risk of acquiring tuberculosis when working in a high prevalence setting: a guide for healthcare workers. BMJ April 2011; 342:d1544. Harrop, T et al.

Creating and validating an algorithm to measure AIDS mortality in the adult population using verbal autopsy. PLoS Med. 2006 Aug 8;3(8):e312. Lopman BA, Harrop T et al.



Other academic activities

I am a Medical / Public Health (PH) doctor with a multidisciplinary background in the Human Sciences and eleven years postgraduate experience across clinical Medicine and PH. I have worked on projects within the NHS, for private organisations and social enterprises within the UK, and for health services and academic institutions widely across Africa, Cambodia, Peru and Canada. I am part of a team who, in 2016, set up the GH collaborative (with Plymouth University). I am currently on the GP training scheme in the South West.

I have worked with two Tropical Health Education Trust supported international health partnerships. I helped set up the Wollega Exeter Medical School link to Ethiopia, and have worked to increase public health and primary care input into the Nanyuki Torbay link to Kenya. 

Since September 2014, I have been medical editor for the Office of International Surgery (University of Toronto) online learning/e-journal club 'Surgery In Africa'. This is an online resource for postgraduate surgical trainees who are part of the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa.