Research course

Public Health

University of Liverpool · Faculty of Medicine

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold a good (2:1 or first class or equivalent) first degree in any relevant discipline, including anthropology, medicine, psychology and sociology.

Months of entry


Course content

Dr. Duncan was followed by a number of eminent Medical Officers who, reflecting their strong links with the University, were also professors here. The Department of Public Health & Policy has grown steadily from these roots, and is now home to a multidisciplinary team drawn from a range of subjects including medical and health sciences, epidemiology, sociology, anthropology, community development, policy analysis, statistics, civic design, and the history of public health. The Department is actively involved in research, education, and health service work related to promoting the health of the public. Located within the Institute of Psychology, Health and Society in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, the Department has close working links with many other disciplines across the University and in the wider public health community. It hosts the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Policy Research on the Social Determinants of Health and the Liverpool Public Health Observatory.

The Departmental aims are to contribute to the improvement and maintenance of the health of people locally, nationally, and internationally, through:

excellence in education and research
the development of a learning environment that encourages staff and students to fulfil their potential
the formation of constructive links with the local and wider community, contributing to local, regional, and national developments.
Research in this Department focuses on services and systems for health and wellbeing operating at the community and population levels. It therefore covers healthy members of the public as well as patients, seeking to understand how to improve the systems that society needs to put in place to promote, sustain and protect health, prevent disease and care for the sick.

The twin research aims are:

To increase understanding of the pathways leading from society to good/ill-health and from ill-health to social and economic consequences, especially concerning the generation of inequalities in health and in access to health services
To assess the impact of interventions at the community and population levels to reduce the identified inequalities in health and in health services and to promote health and wellbeing.
The Department provides general support for the NHS Public Health Training Programme (specialist registrars and associates) and contributes to Continuing Professional Development for staff and for other public health professionals.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    48-84 months
      full time
      24-48 months
      • MPhil
        part time
        24-72 months
          full time
          12-48 months
          • MD
            full time
            24-72 months
            • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

          Course contact details

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