Dr. Daniel Cobos Muñoz, PhD, MD, MSc

Dr. Daniel Cobos Muñoz MD, MPH, PhD.  Research Fellow in the Health Systems and Policy Research Group, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute. He is a Medical Doctor specialized in Family and Community Medicine, with a Master’s Degree in Public Health in Developing Countries from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and a PhD in Public Health. He has more than 15 years of experience working in health systems of low and middle-income countries. His areas of expertise are the application of systems thinking tools and methods in health systems, mortality surveillance systems in LMIC including verbal autopsy, district health systems, and primary health care.

Professional activities at Swiss TPH

  • Research fellow at the Health Systems and Policies research group.


Higher education and qualifications

  • PhD in Public Health, Complutense University, Madrid, Spain. Title "Decentralisation on health systems: systematic review of the literature and case study in Equatorial Guinea"
  • 2011-2012 MSc International Public Health (former Public health in Developing Countries), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK
  • 2005-2006 Magister Humanitarian Medicine: Health interventions in humanitarian aid, Instituto Complutense de Estudios Internacionales, Spain
  • 2004-2005 Extended Diploma in Health and Development, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
  • 2003-2006 Specialist in Family and Community Medicine, Madrid Health System, Spain

Adair T, Rajasekhar M, Bo K.S, Hart J, Kwa V, Mukut M.A.A, Reeve M, Richards N, Ronderos-Torres M, de Savigny D, Cobos Muñoz D, Lopez A.D. Where there is no hospital: improving the notification of community deaths. BMC Med. 2020;18:65. DOI: 10.1186/s12916-020-01524-x

Cobos Muñoz D, de Savigny D, Sorchik R, Bo K.S, Hart J, Kwa V, Ngomituje X, Richards N, Lopez A.D. Better data for better outcomes: the importance of process mapping and management in CRVS systems. BMC Med. 2020;18:67. DOI: 10.1186/s12916-020-01522-z

Karim A, Cobos Muñoz D, Mäusezahl D, de Savigny D. A systems approach to assessing complexity in health interventions: an effectiveness decay model for integrated community case management. Glob Health Action. 2020;13:1794106. DOI: 10.1080/16549716.2020.1794106

Karim A, Cobos Muñoz D, Mäusezahl D, de Savigny D. Thematic areas and complexity of integrated community case management (iCCM) design, implementation, and evaluation: protocol for a scoping review. Syst Rev. 2020;9:205. DOI: 10.1186/s13643-020-01454-y

Abakar M.F, Seli D, Lechthaler F, Schelling E, Tran N, Zinsstag J, Cobos Muñoz D. Vaccine hesitancy among mobile pastoralists in Chad: a qualitative study. Int J Equity Health. 2018;17(1):167. DOI: 10.1186/s12939-018-0873-2

AbouZahr C, Bratschi M.W, Cobos Muñoz D, Santon R, Richard N, Riley I, Setel P. How can we accelerate progress on civil registration and vital statistics? [Editorial]. Bull World Health Organ. 2018;96(4):226-226A. DOI: 10.2471/BLT.18.211086

Cobos Muñoz D, Abouzahr C, de Savigny D. The ‘Ten CRVS Milestones’ framework for understanding civil registration and vital statistics systems [Commentary]. BMJ Glob Health. 2018;3:e000673. DOI: 10.1136/bmjgh-2017-000673

Cobos Muñoz D, Merino Amador P, Monzon Llamas L, Martinez Hernandez D, Santos Sancho J.M. Decentralization of health systems in low and middle income countries: a systematic review. Int J Public Health. 2017;62(2):219-229. DOI: 10.1007/s00038-016-0872-2

de Savigny D, Riley I, Chandramohan D, Odhiambo F, Nichols E, Notzon S, AbouZahr C, Mitra R, Cobos Muñoz D, Firth S, Maire N, Sankoh O, Bronson G, Setel P, Byass P, Jakob R, Boerma T, Lopez A.D. Integrating community-based verbal autopsy into civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS): system-level considerations. Glob Health Action. 2017;10(1):1272882. DOI: 10.1080/16549716.2017.1272882

Cobos Muñoz D, Hansen K.S, Terris-Prestholt F, Cianci F, Perez-Lu J.E, Lama A, Garcia P.J. Matching comprehensive health insurance reimbursements to their real costs: the case of antenatal care visits in a region of Peru. Cost Eff Resour Alloc. 2015;13:16. DOI: 10.1186/s12962-015-0042-z

Cobos Muñoz D, Monzón Llamas L, Bosch-Capblanch X. Exposing concerns about vaccination in low- and middle-income countries: a systematic review. Int J Public Health. 2015;60(7):767-780. DOI: 10.1007/s00038-015-0715-6

Goodman C, Cianci F, Cobos D, Tougher S, Hanson K. Assessing the cost of private sector act subsidies-the financial and economic costs of the affordable medicines facility-malaria (AMFm) in three African countries. Am J Trop Med Hyg, 2014;91(5 Suppl. 1):482-483