Professor Martin White
Professor of Public Health


I am a Visiting Professor of Public Health at Newcastle University. I am based in the MRC Epidemiology Unit and the Centre for Diet and Activity Research at the University of Cambridge. I am also Director of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Public Health Research Progamme.

I have a continuing portfolio of research in the Institute of Health & Society which focuses on the development and evaluation of public health interventions and understanding and tackling inequalities in health. 


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 Translational 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 led Fuse's membership. Professor Ashley Adamson has succeeded me as Director of Fuse and its membership of SPHR from 1st October 2014.


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




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
Food policy

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

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

Pilot RCT of a cooking skills intervention for adults (DH via PHRC: 2013-15)

Future Research

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

Interventions to reduce social inequalities in health

Interventions to regulate commercial impacts on health 

Research Roles

Co-investigator, UK National Public Health Research Consortium (

Co-investigator, the NIHR School for Public Health Research (SPHR)(

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

Esteem Indicators

Member of the NIHR Public Health Research Programme Board, 2009-14

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-  


Current research project grants from Department of Health, NIHR, MRC

Postgraduate Teaching

PhD supervision in Public Health