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Public Health and Health Inequalities

The Public Health and Health Inequalities theme undertakes innovative research and teaching.

Our mission is to improve population health and well-being and reduce health inequalities across the life course. To achieve this we deliver world-class research, teaching and training.

We conduct research to understand the determinants of health and health inequalities. Our theme undertakes innovative research to improve population health locally, nationally, and globally. Our research develops, evaluates, and translates policy and practice interventions. As well as developing related theory and methods.

Our interdisciplinary research theme encompasses clinical and non-clinical colleagues. Interests include but are not limited to public health, geography, and political science.

We work closely with our local stakeholders in the North East. These include patients, carers, and medical professionals. As well as service providers in the NHS and local authorities, and central government.

We provide rigorous and informed contributions to debates about public services and inequalities. This work extends to clinical practice and health and social care systems.

Our theme hosts national initiatives:

We lead on the Inequalities and Marginalised Communities, and Prevention, Early Intervention and Behaviour Change. As part of the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration in North East & North Cumbria.


We lead on public health teaching to undergraduate and postgraduate students. Including the MSc in Public Health. We are part of many doctoral training programmes. Such as those funded by the NIHR School of Public Health Research, NIHR Applied Research Collaboration and ESRC. Our theme leads on academic training for Public Health Specialty Registrars. This includes training and placements for Registrars interested in public health research.