The Department of Population Health is home to five major research groups:
- Nutrition Group: addressing major nutrition and food-related problems that affect human development, with expertise in under-nutrition, immunity & infection, nutritional genetics, nutrition-related chronic diseases, and agriculture & health;
- Global Mental Health: conducting research and capacity building in policy, prevention, treatment and care for people living with mental, neurological & substance use disorders;
- Maternal & Child Health Intervention Research: conducting intervention trials to improve maternal, new born & child survival, and child growth development;
- Clinical Trials Unit: a fully registered CTU under UK Clinical Research Collaboration, co-ordinating and conducting clinical trials in low, middle and high income countries;
- Population Studies Group: conducting research in reproductive & sexual health, the demographic impact of AIDS in Africa, fertility transition, family demography, health & ageing, and methodological work on measurement of health and technical demographic analysis.
The department hosts the network for Analysis of Longitudinal, Population-based data on HIV/AIDS in Africa (ALPHA), the Cochrane Injuries Group, and the Transport & Health Group, and has strong links with many overseas research groups.