Department of Public Health, Environments and Society

Head of Department
Department Research Degree Co-ordinator (initial enquiries)
Department Research Degree Co-ordinator
Department Research Degree Co-ordinator
Department Manager

Tel: +44 (0)20 7927 2036 Fax: +44 (0)20 7927 2701

The Department of Public Health, Environments and Society (PHES) focuses on the social and environmental determinants of health and the evaluation and analysis of public health policies and interventions.

We have a strong multi-disciplinary focus, with researchers from the fields of epidemiology, health economics, health promotion, history, international relations, geography, mathematical modelling, medicine and ethics, political science, sociology, anthropology and statistics, among others. Our research programme includes work in both high and low income countries, and integrates environmental, social and policy issues at international, national and local levels.

General research interests and strengths include drugs, alcohol, violence and health behaviour; globalisation; public health history; sexual and reproductive health; food and transport systems,; HIV and other infectious diseases (including COVID-19); young people’s health; evaluating the health impacts of social and public health interventions; the commercial determinants of health (CDOH); built environments and health; and environmental epidemiology, planetary health and climate change.

We have more than 30 research students working towards PhD and DrPH degrees across the breadth of our research interests. Staff also contribute to the school's Master’s Degree Teaching Programme, in particular the MSc Public Health.

Department staff & research students