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Faculty of Public Health and Policy

Introduction from the Dean  

The Faculty of Public Health & Policy is prominent in UK and global health, influencing policy and practice through excellence in research, teaching and knowledge translation. The Faculty comprises some 260 staff and has a turnover of approximately £30 million.  Our mission is to contribute to the improvement of health and health systems in the UK and globally through research, teaching and knowledge translation in the areas of health policy, health services and systems, and the individual, social and environmental influences on health.

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Multi-disciplinarity is the hallmark of our research, teaching and engagement.  The Faculty encompasses the disciplines of epidemiology, public health medicine, economics, political science, international relations, anthropology, sociology, history, psychology, statistics and mathematics.  We have one of the world’s largest global groupings of social scientists working on health. Although staff work across Departments, Faculties and other institutions, they are affiliated principally to one of three Departments.



The Department of Global Health and Development conducts novel and policy-relevant research and training that concerns health issues with a global reach, predominantly from the perspective of low- and middle-income country development.

The Department of Health Services Research and Policy works to improve the understanding of how health services and systems behave, both for its own sake and as a precursor to more conventional research that is targeted directly at improving the quality, organisation and management of health services and systems, primarily based in high-income countries, and in particular the UK.

The Department of Social and Environmental Health Research looks at how to increase the understanding of the social and environmental determinants of health, and of effective ways in which they might be modified to increase health status.



The Faculty also hosts School Centres in:

History in Public Health 
Health of Societies in Transition (ECOHOST)

In addition staff participate in Centres based in other Faculties, notably: 

Malaria Centre
Centre for Maternal, Reproductive and Child Health (MARCH)
Centre for the Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Disease
Centre for Global Non-Communicable Diseases



The Faculty has popular and highly respected taught courses with nearly 200 London-based students and over 1,000 distance-learning students.  The Faculty also hosts over 140 research degree students, most of whom undertake PhD studies, but with a sizeable cohort undertaking the DrPH, which has a more practice-based focus including a work placement.  


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