Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care

Prof Anne McMunn

Prof Anne McMunn

Professor of Social Epidemiology

Epidemiology & Public Health

Institute of Epidemiology & Health

Joined UCL
21st Jan 1998

Research summary

Anne McMunn's research is concentrated on the social determinants of health within a life course epidemiological framework, increasingly with a focus on the biosocial interface. More specifically, she investigates the potential influence on health and wellbeing of aspects of work (defined broadly from a gender perspective), and social relationships (including within the family), how gender structures work and family relations, and the impact of social change in this area on children and families. Professor McMunn’s work mainly uses longitudinal quantitative techniques to analyse data from the British birth cohort studies, the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing and the UK Household Longitudinal Study and most of her work has been funded by the ESRC or the European Research Council. She is currently Head of the UCL Research Department of Epidemiology & Public Health as well as Deputy Director of the ESRC International Centre for Lifecouse Studies in Society & Health, a collaborative research centre between UCL and the Universities of Manchester and Essex in the UK and Oreboro in Sweden. 

Teaching summary

Professor McMunn is currently a Deputy Director of the ESRC-BBSRC flagship Centre for Doctoral Training in Biosocial Reserch. She has previously held leadership roles in ESRC and MRC Doctoral Training Partnerships, and was Graduate Tutor for the Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care for seven years. She is currently supervising six PhD students, and has supervised 13 to successful completion. She lectures and acts as dissertation supervisor and personal tutor on the MSc in Social Epidemiology, the MSc in Population Health, and the BSc in Population Health.


Anne graduated from UCLA in Los Angeles in 1991 and moved to the Republic of Yemen where she spent several years as a Peace Corps volunteer and became interested in public health. She returned to UCLA to complete an MPH degree and then moved to London where she joined a Research Unit attached to the Genitourinary Medicine Department of King's College London. From there she joined the Department of Epidemiology & Public Health at UCL in January 1998 where she studied for her PhD part-time while working on the Health Surveys for England and Scotland and helping to establish the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. She completed her PhD at UCL in 2004 and has worked in the ESRC International Centre for Life Course Studies in Society & Health since its inception in 2008.