Professor Martin White
Professor of Public Health

Introduction

As professor of public Health and honorary consultant in public health with the North East Strategic Health Authority, I share responsibility for strategic development and management of academic public health within Newcastle University and North East England.

My research focuses on the development and evaluation of public health interventions and understanding and tackling inequalities in health.

I am co-investigator in the UK National Public Health Research Consortium (PHRC)(www.york.ac.uk/phrc/) and the NIHR School for Public Health Research (SPHR)(http://www.shef.ac.uk/scharr/sphr), and Director of Fuse, the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health, a UKCRC Public Health Research Centre of Excellence (www.fuse.ac.uk). I am a member of the MRC's Population Health Sciences Research Network Board (www.populationhealthsciences.org) and a member of NIHR's Public Health Research funding Board (www.phr.ac.uk). 

Background

I trained in medicine at Birmingham University (UK) and, after working in child health for 3 years, moved to north east England to train in public health. I joined Newcastle University as a lecturer in 1990 became senior lecturer in public health in 1992. I was Director of the Health Promotion Research Group from 1996 and became Director of the Public Health Research Group in 2004. I was appointed to the Chair in Public Health in May 2005 and formed the Public Health Research Programme within the newly founded Institute of Health & Society (IHS) at Newcastle University in August 2006. In 2008 I was awarded funding for and became director of Fuse, the Centre for Tranlsational Research in Public Health, a UKCRC Public Health Research Centre of Excellence. In May 2011, the Public Health Research Programme was expanded to form the Public Health and Applied Health Interventions Research Programme within IHS. In April 2012, NIHR launched the national School for Public Health Research, in which I lead Fuse's membership. 

Qualifications

MB ChB (Birmingham)(1983)
MSc Public Health (Newcastle)(1989)
MD Public Health (Birmingham)(2010)
MFPH (1991)
FFPH (1997)
FHEA (2007)

Previous Positions

Visiting Professor, Department of Community and Behavioral Sciences, School of Public Health, Pittsburgh University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA, 2005
Senior Lecturer in Public Health, Newcastle University, 1992-2005
Lecturer in Public Health, Newcastle University, 1990-1992

Memberships

BMA
FPH
ISBNPA
SSM
UKSBM

Languages

English and a little French

Informal Interests

Roots music, fine art and photography, literature, wine and food, and the great outdoors

Research Interests

Social and behavioural epidemiology
Social inequalities in health
Development and evaluation of public health interventions

Other Expertise

Public health education in undergraduate and postgraduate curricula
Specialist training in public health

Current Work

The Newcastle Health & Lifestyle Survey & Newcastle Heart Project: European, Chinese and South Asian Mortality Follow-up Studies (NHS R&D, 1991- )

The UK National Public Health Research Consortium (DH: 2005-2016)

Fuse, the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health (UKCRC: 2008-2013) 

Do-Well - RCT of welfare rights advice for older people (NIHR PHR: 2011-15) 

The NIHR School for Public Health Research (SPHR) (NIHR: 2012-17)  

Future Research

Causal explanations for social inequalties in health, including intervention-generated inequalities

Interventions to reduce social inequalities in health

Interventions to promote healthy ageing

Interventions to regulate commercial impacts on health 

Research Roles

Co-Director, Public Health & Applied Health Interventions Research Programme, Institute of Health & Society, Newcastle University

Member, Scientific Steering Committee, Human Nutrition Research Centre, Newcastle University

Member, Diabetes Research Group, Newcastle University

Co-investigator, UK National Public Health Research Consortium (www.york.ac.uk/phrc/)

Co-investigator, the NIHR School for Public Health Research (SPHR)(http://www.shef.ac.uk/scharr/sphr

Director, Fuse, the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health, a UKCRC Public Health Research Centre of Excellence (www.fuse.ac.uk)

Member, Scientific Steering Committee, BHF Health Promotion Research Group, Institute of Health Sciences, University of Oxford

Chair, Independent Trial Steering Committee, HELP Trial (NIHR PHR funded), Exeter University (PI: Katrina Wyatt), 2012-

Postgraduate Supervision

I welcome expressions of interest from prospective postrgraduate students in any area of public health research, but in particular understanding social inequalities in health and the development and evaluation of public health interventions

Esteem Indicators

Member of the NIHR Public Health Research Programme Board, 2009-

Member of the MRC Population Health Sciences Research network Board, 2011-  

Member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the British Heart Foundation Health Promotion Research Group, University of Oxford, 1998-

Chair, Independent Trial Steering Committee, HELP Trial (NIHR PHR funded), Exeter University (PI: Katrina Wyatt), 2012-  

Funding

Current research project grants from Department of Health, NIHR, National Prevention Research Initiative, MRC, BHF, CRUK, Diabetes UK, ESRC

Undergraduate Teaching

Stage 4 MB BS Options in Public Health Research

Stage 4 Public Health rotation 

Final year research options, BSc Food & Human Nutrition

Postgraduate Teaching

PhD supervision in Public Health

Public Health Intervention Module of the MSc in Public Health and Health Services Research

Public health research project options, MSc in Health Sciences