About the Department

The Research Department of Primary Care and Population Health at UCL is part of the Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care and is headed by Dr Fiona Stevenson.  


  • To undertake excellent research that is clinically relevant and impacts on the health of individuals and populations;
  • To use our research, teaching and innovation to impact on health system improvement and service redesign;
  • To work in partnership with people who use services, practitioners across the health and social care sectors, policy makers and other stakeholders relevant to increasing the impact of academic activities;
  • To provide excellent teaching in primary care, population health and research methods;
  • To strengthen the discipline of general practice through leadership in research, teaching and clinical practice;
  • To foster professional development in all members to enable each individual to reach their full potential;

In order to do this we:

  • Encourage all phases of clinical research from epidemiology through intervention development and evaluation to implementation and translational research, as well as methodological research and development;
  • Encourage multi-disciplinary working, bringing together clinicians and scientists with a wide range of methodological skills and epistemologies;
  • Foster excellent communication within the Department, across workgroups and disciplines, and with local, national and international colleagues and organisations; 
  • Foster a learning environment where students (MB BS, BSc, MSc, MD, PhD), researchers, teachers and administrators are all supported in learning and continuing professional development;
  • Invest in the career development of all of our staff;
  • Promote an open, friendly and inclusive working environment.

PCPH is a member of the prestigious NIHR School for Primary Care Research  and contributes to the NIHR School for Public Health Research.

In the 2014 REF UCL submitted 159.75 FTE staff to UoA 2 (Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care) with 46% of the total submission rated as 4*. 

We have strong collaborations internationally, nationally and within UCL. 

In addition to being part of the Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care we have links with the UCL Institute of Digital Health, the Institute of Clinical Trials and Methodology and the Centre for Behaviour Change:

Structure of the Department


Head of Department Dr Fiona Stevenson
Department Manager Mrs Orla O'Donnell
Graduate Tutor Dr Julia Bailey

Research Group Leaders

British Regional Heart Study Professor Goya Wannamethee
Centre for Ageing Population Studies Dr Kate Walters
E-health Unit Professor Elizabeth Murray
Improvement Science London Professor Martin Marshall
Infections in Primary Care Research Group Dr Greta Rait
Clinical Epidemiology & Electronic Records Health Research Dr Irene Petersen
Primary Care Educational Research Group Dr Sophie Park
Primary Care Mental Health Research Group Dr Marta Buszewicz
PRIMENT Clinical Trials Unit Professor Irwin Nazareth

Administrative Staff

Department Human Resources Administrator Ione Karney
Department Research Finance Administrator Nadia Jackson
CBT Finance and PhD Administrator Ayan Robleh
Institute Finance Administrator  Mandy Chong