Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care



The Research Department of Primary Care and Population Health is a centre of teaching excellence that offers world-class education and training at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels

Staff lead undergraduate and postgraduate taught and research programmes. All teaching is embedded alongside cutting edge research, where interdisciplinary study is encouraged, and a belief that all areas of study can inform and enrich each other is woven into our programmes. 

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught Programmes

Staff contribute teaching towards the following programmes:

PhD opportunities at the Research Department of Primary Care and Population Health

Who are we?

  • Clinicians (doctors, nurses, physios, pharmacists, dentists…) 
  • Psychologists
  • Epidemiologists
  • Statisticians
  • Sociologists
  • Health economists
  • Patients and the public (through user groups)


  • E-Health 
  • Ageing 
  • Mental Health 
  • Sexual health 
  • Infectious disease including HIV 
  • Electronic health records research 
  • Epidemiology (health of populations) 
  • Drug safety 
  • Cardiovascular disease 
  • Health behavior 
  • Health promotion 
  • Health communication 
  • Health Services Research · Medical education 
  • Society, culture and health 
  • New methods for analysis of data


Methods and study designs

  • Qualitative methods (e.g. interviews, focus groups) 
  • Cross-sectional survey research 
  • Intervention design (in consultation with users) 
  • Statistical techniques for large databases 
  • Epidemiology (analysing data on populations)  
  • Observational studies using electronic health records 
  • Randomised controlled trials 
  • Quasi-experimental designs 
  • Discourse analysis, conversation analysis  
  • Economic evaluation including decision modelling 
  • Action research 


Why join us?

  • Research with clear links to patient health problems  
  • Very wide choice of topics relating to patients or healthcare 
  • Enthusiastic, supportive PhD student groups  
  • Internationally recognised research teams  
  • Expertise from many different disciplines 
  • Excellent support from supervisors 
  • Freedom to pursue your own research ideas 
  • Opportunities to present and publish 
  • Support for your future career

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