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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