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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

Professor in Epidemiology

Abtin Alvand

Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in Orthopaedic Surgery and Consultant Knee ...

Jane Armitage

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

Jeffrey K Aronson

Consultant Physician and Clinical Pharmacologist

Nerys Astbury

Senior Researcher - Diet & Obesity

Clare Bankhead

Professor of Epidemiology and Research Design

Isobel Barnes

Associate Professor

David Beard

Professor of Musculoskeletal and Surgical Science

Derrick Bennett

Associate Professor

Valerie Beral

Emeritus Professor of Epidemiology

Roger Blanks

Senior Epidemiologist

Lucy Bowes

Professor of Developmental Psychopathology

Louise Bowman

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

Anne-Marie Boylan

Departmental Lecturer & Senior Research Fellow

Fiona Bragg

Clinical Research Fellow

Angela Brueggemann

IDEU Director and Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology

James Buchanan

Senior Researcher

Richard Bulbulia

Research Fellow, Clinical Trial Service Unit, University of Oxford

Samuel Yutong Cai

Senior Epidemiologist

Dexter Canoy

Clinical Epidemiologist

Andrew Carr

Nuffield Professor of Orthopaedics

Claire Carson

Associate Professor in Epidemiology

Jennifer Carter

Associate Course Director, MSc Global Health Science and Epidemiology, Senior ...

Zhengming Chen

Richard Peto Professor of Epidemiology

Yiping Chen

Senior Research Fellow

Robert Clarke

Emeritus Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health Medicine

Rory Collins

Head of Oxford Population Health and BHF Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology

Gary Collins

Professor of Medical Statistics and Director of CSM

Jonathan Cook

Professor of Clinical Trials & Medical Statistics/OCTRU Deputy Director

Cyrus Cooper

Professor of Musculoskeletal Science, University of Oxford

Matthew Costa

Professor of Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery

David Cutter

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

Helen Dakin

University Research Lecturer

Sarah Darby

Professor of Medical Statistics

Antonella Delmestri

Lead Health Data Scientist

Huaidong Du

Senior Research Fellow

Michael Dunn

Associate Professor

Terry Dwyer

Emeritus Professor of Epidemiology, Nuffield Department of Women’s & ...

Jonathan Emberson

Professor of Medical Statistics and Epidemiology

David Eyre

Professor of Infectious Diseases

Thomas Fanshawe

Senior Medical Statistician

Ray Fitzpatrick

Emeritus Professor of Public Health and Primary Care, d. 2024

Sarah Floud

Associate Professor

Dominic Furniss

Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

John Gallacher

Professor of Cognitive Health; Director, Dementias Platform UK; Director, ...

Siôn Glyn-Jones

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Honorary Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Ben Goldacre

Director of Bennett Institute for Applied Data Science

Alastair Gray

Professor of Health Economics & Director, HERC

Jane Green

Professor of Epidemiology

Trish Greenhalgh

Professor of Primary Care Health Sciences

Jamie Hartmann-Boyce

Associate Professor

Bass Hassan

Richard Haynes

Professor of Renal Medicine and Clinical Trials

Carl Heneghan

Professor of Evidence-Based Medicine

Will Herrington

Professor of Trials and Epidemiology of Kidney Disease, Renal Studies Group

Michael Hill

Laboratory Scientific Director

Chris Hinds

Senior Research Fellow

Julia Hippisley-Cox

Jane Hirst

Visiting Professor in Global Women's Health

Richard Hobbs

Head of Department

Michael Holmes

Associate Professor

Tim Holt

Senior Clinical Research Fellow

Jemma Hopewell

Professor of Precision Medicine & Epidemiology

Ruth Horn

Associate Professor in Ethics

Kassim Javaid

Professor of Osteoporosis and Adult Rare Bone Diseases

Crispin Jenkinson

Professor of Health Services Research and Director, HSRU

Ed Juszczak

Associate Professor - Director, NPEU Clinical Trials Unit

Christiana Kartsonaki


David Keene

University Research Lecturer

Dominic Kelly

BRC Consultant in Paediatrics and Vaccinology.

Stephen Kennedy

Professor of Reproductive Medicine and Director of the Oxford Maternal and ...

Angeliki Kerasidou

Associate Professor in Bioethics

Tim Key

Professor of Epidemiology & Deputy Director, CEU

Patricia Kingori

Professor of Global Health Ethics

Simon Knight

Associate Professor of Transplant Surgery

Marian Knight

Director NPEU, Professor of Maternal and Child Population Health

Augustine Kong

Senior Group Leader in Genomic Epidemiology

Jenny Kurinczuk

Emeritus Professor of Perinatal Epidemiology

Ben Lacey


Hubert Lam

Associate Professor, Course Director – MSc Global Health Science and ...

Chris Lavy

Professor of Orthopaedic and Tropical Surgery and Consultant Orthopaedic and ...

Michael Lay

Head of Project Information Science

José Leal

University Research Lecturer

Sarah Lewington

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

Louise Linsell

Associate Professor

Victoria Bajo Lorenzana

Associate Professor of Neuroscience

Yang Luo

KTRR Senior Research Fellow in Data Science

Raashid Luqmani

Professor of Rheumatology

Simon de Lusignan

Professor of Primary Care and Clinical Informatics

Marion Mafham

Associate Professor, Heart Studies Group

Kamal R. Mahtani

GP & Professor of Evidence Based Healthcare

Sofia Massa

Senior Statistician

Emily McFadden

Departmental Lecturer and Senior Statistical Epidemiologist

Paul McGale

Medical Statistician

Richard McManus

Professor of Primary Care

Stephen Mellon

Associate Professor

Borislava Mihaylova

Associate Professor

Iona Millwood


David Morley

Senior Research Scientist

David Murray

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Manisha Nair

Associate Professor and MRC Career Development Fellow

Robyn Norton

Acting Executive Director, The George Institute, UK.

Jason Oke

Senior Statistician

Pavel Ovseiko

Principal Investigator and Senior Research Fellow in Health Policy and ...

Antony Palmer

Senior Clinical Research Fellow and Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Hongchao Pan

Associate Professor

Jaideep Pandit

Consultant Anaesthetist

Sarah Parish

Emeritus Professor of Medical Statistics and Epidemiology

Michael Parker

Ethox Centre Director and Professor of Bioethics

Max Parkin

Honorary Senior Research Fellow

Rafael Perera

Director Medical Statistics and Director of Graduate Studies

Dan Perry

Professor, Orthopaedics & Trauma Surgery

Michele Peters

Associate Professor

Stavros Petrou

Academic Research Lead in Health Economics

Catherine Pope

Professor of Medical Sociology

John Powell

Professor of Digital Health

David Preiss

Associate Professor

Andrew Price

Professor of Orthopaedics Surgery

Daniel Prieto-Alhambra

Professor of Pharmaco- and Device Epidemiology

Oliver Pybus

Professor of Evolution & Infectious Disease

Aurora Pérez-Cornago

Associate Professor and Senior Nutritional Epidemiologist

Maria Quigley

Professor of Statistical Epidemiology

Kazem Rahimi

Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Population Health

Mike Rayner

Professor of Population Health

Jonathan Rees

Head of Department - NDORMS

Gill Reeves

Valerie Beral Professor of Epidemiology and Director, Cancer Epidemiology Unit

Christina Reith

Associate Professor

Duncan Richards

Climax Professor of Clinical Therapeutics and Director of OCTRU

Oliver Rivero-Arias

Associate Professor of Health Economics

Rachel Rowe

Associate Professor and Senior Health Services Researcher

Paul Salkovskis


Peter Scarborough

Professor of Population Health

Iryna Schlackow

Senior Researcher

Michael Maia Schlussel

Senior Medical Statistician

Laurent Servais

Professor of Paediatric Neuromuscular Diseases, Academic Director of the new ...

Mark Sheehan

Oxford Biomedical Research Centre Ethics Fellow

James Sheppard

Associate Professor

Margaret Smith

Senior Statistician and Epidemiologist

Adrian Smith

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

Natalie Staplin

Senior Statistician

Siân Sweetland

Senior Statistical Epidemiologist

Carolyn Taylor

Professor, Clinical Research Fellow and Honorary Consultant Oncologist

Ruth Travis

Professor of Epidemiology, Senior Molecular Epidemiologist, and Deputy Director ...

Manu Vatish

Professor of Obstetrics & Consultant Obstetrician

Rafael Pinedo Villanueva

Associate Professor

José Villar

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

Mara Violato

Associate Professor

Nicole Votruba

Senior Research Fellow in Implementation Science

Robin Walters

Senior Scientist

Kay Wang

Senior Clinical Research Fellow

Jane Wolstenholme

Associate Professor of Health Economics

Mark Woodward

Professor of Statistics and Epidemiology

Sarah Wordsworth

Professor of Health Economics

Lucy Wright

Senior Epidemiologist, Unit of Health Care Epidemiology

Ling Yang

Senior Epidemiologist

Owen Yang


Alan Young

Director of Information Science

Ly-Mee Yu

Professor of Clinical Trials and Biostatistics

Sue Ziebland

Professor of Medical Sociology and Co-Director of MS&HERG

Krina Zondervan

Head of Department, Professor of Reproductive & Genomic Epidemiology, ...