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Population and global health research generates evidence that reliably answers important questions about human health.

A strong and distinctive focus of population and global health research in Oxford is to generate reliable evidence on the burden and determinants of the major causes of disability and premature death. Research conducted in the Nuffield Department of Population Health aims to reduce premature death and disability from human disease. The DPhil in Population Health will equip students with the core knowledge and skills to generate and disseminate reliable evidence to improve health outcomes, and to work in a multi-disciplinary environment that includes epidemiology, statistics, health economics and ethics. DPhil research opportunities include projects associated with large prospective cohorts, large randomised trials, systematic reviews and meta-analysis with individual patient data, genetic epidemiology, perinatal epidemiology, prevention of non-communicable diseases, health services research, ethics and other topics related to population health.

The Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences’ primary research focus is on the prevention, early diagnosis and management of common illness in general practice in both a local and global setting. Research topics encompass the broad range of issues that you might expect to consult your GP about and cross over into the areas of population and global health; including behavioural medicine, cancer, cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, childhood illness, infection, international health, and health experience.

The George Institute for Global Health also works with the mission to improve the health of millions of people worldwide. The George Institute undertakes several large-scale population based studies to investigate a range of healthcare issues including cardiovascular conditions, childhood cancer, women’s health. Through interdisciplinary research ranging from clinical medicine, epidemiology, computer science and engineering, innovative and practical solutions to major healthcare challenges are sought.

Supervisors in Population, Global, and Public Health

Fiona Alderdice

Senior Social Scientist, National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit

Naomi Allen

Associate Professor in Epidemiology

Jane Armitage

Professor of Clinical Trials and Epidemiology, and Honorary Consultant in ...

Jeffrey K Aronson

Consultant Physician and Clinical Pharmacologist

Clare Bankhead

Associate Professor

Valerie Beral

Professor of Epidemiology and Co-Director, CEU

Louise Bowman

Professor of Medicine & Clinical Trials, and Honorary Consultant Physician ...

Fiona Bragg

Clinical Research Fellow

James Buchanan

Senior Researcher

Richard Bulbulia

Research Fellow, Clinical Trial Service Unit, University of Oxford

Ben Cairns

Senior Statistical Epidemiologist; University Research Lecturer

Claire Carson

University Research Lecturer and Senior Researcher in Epidemiology

Jennifer Carter

Senior Teaching and Research Fellow, CTSU

Yiping Chen

MRC Study Coordinator and Senior Investigator Scientist

Robert Clarke

Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health Medicine

David Cutter

Clinical Research Fellow (CTSU) and Consultant Clinical Oncologist (Oxford ...

Sarah Darby

Professor of Medical Statistics

Huaidong Du

Senior Research Fellow

Michael Dunn

Departmental Lecturer in Health and Social Care Ethics

Terry Dwyer

Professor of Epidemiology, The George Institute UK

Jonathan Emberson

Associate Professor, Medical Statistics and Epidemiology

Thomas Fanshawe

Senior Medical Statistician

Ray Fitzpatrick

Professor of Public Health and Primary Care

Sarah Floud

Senior Epidemiologist

John Gallacher

Director, Dementias Platform UK; Professor of Cognitive Health

Alastair Gray

Professor of Health Economics & Director, HERC

Jane Green

Professor of Epidemiology

Trish Greenhalgh

Professor of Primary Care Health Sciences

Alison Halliday

Professor of Vascular Surgery

Nina Hallowell

Associate Professor, Nuffield Department of Population Health

Richard Haynes

Associate Professor

Verena Heise

NDPH Intermediate Fellow

Carl Heneghan

Professor of Evidence-Based Medicine

Will Herrington

MRC-Kidney Research UK Professor David Kerr Clinician Scientist

Chris Hinds

Senior Research Fellow

Richard Hobbs

Head of Department

Michael Holmes

Associate Professor

Tim Holt

Senior Clinical Research Fellow

Jemma Hopewell

Associate Professor & Senior Scientist in Genetic Epidemiology and Clinical ...

Ruth Horn

University Research Lecturer

Crispin Jenkinson

Professor of Health Services Research and Director, HSRU

Christiana Kartsonaki

Senior Statistician, CTSU

Maureen Kelley

Associate Professor of Bioethics

Angeliki Kerasidou

Senior Researcher

Tim Key

Professor of Epidemiology & Deputy Director, CEU

Patricia Kingori

Associate Professor in Global Health Ethics

Marian Knight

Professor of Maternal and Child Population Health

Augustine Kong

Senior Group Leader in Genomic Epidemiology

Jenny Kurinczuk

Professor of Perinatal Epidemiology & Director, NPEU

Ben Lacey

Senior Clinical Research Fellow

Hubert Lam

Associate Professor; Associate Course Director, MSc in Global Health Science ...

José Leal

University Research Lecturer

Sarah Lewington

Professor of Epidemiology and Medical Statistics, Director of Graduate Studies ...

Louise Linsell

Lead Medical Statistician

Marion Mafham

Clinical Research Fellow, CTSU

Emily McFadden

Senior Statistical Epidemiologist

Paul McGale

Medical Statistician

Richard McManus

Professor of Primary Care

Borislava Mihaylova

Associate Professor

Iona Millwood

Senior Epidemiologist; University Research Lecturer

David Morley

Senior Research Scientist

Manisha Nair

Senior Epidemiologist and MRC Career Development Fellow

Thomas Nichols

Professor of Neuroimaging Statistics, Nuffield Department of Population Health

Robyn Norton

Acting Executive Director, The George Institute, UK.

Hongchao Pan

Senior Research Fellow, CTSU

Sarah Parish

Professor of Medical Statistics and Epidemiology

Michael Parker

Director of the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities, and the Ethox Centre

Rafael Perera

Director Medical Statistics

Michele Peters

Associate Professor

John Powell


David Preiss

Associate Professor

Aurora Pérez-Cornago

Senior Nutritional Epidemiologist

Maria Quigley

Professor of Statistical Epidemiology

Kamal R. Mahtani

GP & Clinical Scientist

Mike Rayner

Professor of Population Health and Director of the Centre on Population ...

Gill Reeves

Professor of Statistical Epidemiology

Christina Reith

Senior Clinical Research Fellow

Oliver Rivero-Arias

Associate Professor in Health Economics

Rachel Rowe

University Research Lecturer and Senior Health Services Researcher

Peter Scarborough

Associate Professor and University Research Lecturer

Iryna Schlackow

Senior Researcher

Mark Sheehan

Oxford Biomedical Research Centre Ethics Fellow

James Sheppard

University Research Lecturer

Adrian Smith

Associate Professor, Director of Clinical Studies and Honorary Consultant in ...

Natalie Staplin

MRC PHRU Senior Statistician

Siân Sweetland

Senior Statistical Epidemiologist

Carolyn Taylor

Associate Professor, Clinical Research Fellow and Honorary Consultant Oncologist

Ruth Travis

Associate Professor and Senior Molecular Epidemiologist

José Villar

Professor of Perinatal Medicine & Co-Director of the Oxford Maternal and ...

Mara Violato

Senior Researcher in Health Economics; University Research Lecturer

Robin Walters

MRC PHRU Senior Scientist

Kay Wang

NIHR Postdoctoral Fellow

Jane Wolstenholme

Senior Health Economist, HERC

Sarah Wordsworth

Associate Professor and University Research Lecturer

Lucy Wright

Senior Epidemiologist, Unit of Health Care Epidemiology

Ling Yang

Senior Epidemiologist; University Research Lecturer

Owen Yang


Alan Young

Director of Information Science

Sue Ziebland

Professor of Medical Sociology and Director of HERG

Krina Zondervan

Professor of Reproductive & Genomic Epidemiology, Co-Director Endometriosis ...