The Department of Public Health and Primary Care (DPHPC), comprising over 350 staff and graduate students, is one of Europe’s leading academic departments of population health sciences. Its vision is to generate high-quality, actionalable evidence to improve the health and wellbeing of populations in the UK and worldwide and can support policy and practice. Distinctive for its multidisciplinary character and strengths across quantitative and qualitative methods, cohort studies, molecular epidemiology, public health, primary care, and health services research, the Department has been headed by Professor John Danesh since 2001. It leads and co-leads multiple national and international initiatives, cross-sectoral research partnerships and collaborations, and major research grants. Through its education and training activities, the Department makes a major contribution to building research and leadership capacity.
The DPHPC provides excellent training and educational programmes in biostatistics, epidemiology, public health, and primary care, at both undergraduate and graduate levels, including training of Academic Clinical Fellows. Presently, there are about 57 doctoral students and about 43 Masters students. Students in the DPHPC are typically supported by prestigious awards, such as studentships from the MRC, BHF, CRUK, Gates-Cambridge Trust, NIH-Cambridge Fellowships and GSK.