Institute of Health & Society

Applied Epidemiology

Applied Epidemiology


This research theme contributes to the understanding, prevention and treatment of chronic non-communicable disease across the life course.

Our work is multidisciplinary, with relevance across the UK and internationally. 

We work closely with the Institute's other research themes, and with colleagues in the Faculty of Medical Sciences and the Institute for Sustainability. We also have strong collaborations both nationally and internationally.

We engage with colleagues in:

  • public health
  • clinical medicine
  • sociology
  • anthropology
  • health economics
  • medical physics
  • statistics
  • epigenetics

We adopt a broad range of methodological approaches including:

  • epidemiology
  • demographic methods
  • modelling disease trends
  • systematic reviews
  • genetic epidemiology
  • spatio-temporal analyses
  • longitudinal and intervention studies

We strive to build research capacity and to inform national and international policy.

We've built research programmes around high quality surveys, including those held at the Regional Maternity Survey Office, the Newcastle Thousand Families Study and the North of England Young Persons’ Malignant Disease Register.

We provide supervision and training to medical and biomedicine undergraduates and students at master’s and doctoral levels. 


Current research projects within the Applied Epidemiology research theme.


The following members of staff work within the Applied Epidemiology research theme.

The theme leads are Judith Rankin and Mark Pearce.

Nermine Basta
Research Assistant

Dr Ruth Bell
Senior Lecturer/Honorary Consultant in Public Health

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8769

Dr Kate Best
Faculty Fellow

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6686

Karen Blakey
Research Assistant

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 282 1347

Dr Mark Booth
Senior Lecturer


Lindsay Bramwell
Research Associate

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5673

Dr Rebecca Brown
Research Associate

Dr Svetlana Glinyanaya
Team Scientist

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5891

Dr Louise Hayes
Research Methodologist

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5711

Dr Nicola Heslehurst
Lecturer/NIHR Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3823

Dr Peter James
Associate Researcher

Dr Raghu Lingam
Associate Researcher

Dr Kay Mann
Research Associate


Dr Richard McNally
Reader in Epidemiology

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 282 1356

Dr Colin Muirhead
Lecturer in Medical Statistics

Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 3699

Professor Mark Pearce
Professor of Applied Epidemiology

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 282 1355

Professor Judith Rankin
Prof Maternal & Perinatal Epidemiology

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5267