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Professor Michael Goldacre

Professor Michael Goldacre

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Michael Goldacre


Professor of Public Health & Director, UHCE

Michael Goldacre is a professor of public health in the Nuffield Department of Population Health at the University of Oxford. He qualified in medicine from Oxford. After several hospital posts, he studied public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. For most of his career he has worked approximately half-time in NHS service public health and half-time in academic public health. In both roles he has made extensive use of large medical datasets of hospital and death records, including the Oxford record linkage study (data from 1963) and English national hospital data (from 1968, with linkage from 1998) for epidemiological and health services research. Current research interests in these datasets include the study of long-term time trends, geographical variation, and the co-occurrence of different diseases in the same individuals (“given disease A, what is the probability that disease B will follow”. He also directs the UK Medical Careers Research Group, a UK-wide series of cohort studies that track the career choices, progression and views of about 55,000 doctors in qualification years ranging from 1974 to 2012. He is a Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford. His publications in peer-review journals can be seen at

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