A large and innovative multidisciplinary hub for research and education, the Department of Public Health and Primary Care aims to generate a high quality evidence-base for improving health and healthcare.
Our ultimate goal is to benefit the health of the public nationally and globally. We work with populations at all levels – locally through to internationally – to address pressing challenges that matter to patients, the public, clinicians and policy-makers.
Using methods and expertise ranging from genetic epidemiology and cohort studies through to qualitative research, we offer a unique combination of strengths across the health, quantitative, behavioural and social sciences to study important problems and evaluate solutions. One key area of application is common long-term conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and dementia. We investigate the causes of these conditions, how they might be prevented and controlled, what treatments might work best, and how services can be organised to improve care.
With over 400 staff and graduate students, the Department enjoys multiple national and international strategic collaborations. We are supported by funding from the Medical Research Council (MRC), the Wellcome Trust, the British Heart Foundation (BHF), Cancer Research UK, the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), the Health Foundation, the European Union, the US National Institutes of Health, industry, and others.
We provide excellent training and educational programmes. Training medical students in epidemiology, statistics, public health and primary care, we also provide foundation year academic placements for doctors in training and host Academic Clinical Fellows. Our postgraduate programme includes MPhils in Epidemiology, Public Health, and Primary Care Research. Find out more about our courses here.