Domain Chair:

Professor Dame Anne Johnson

Domain Coordinator:

Sarah Welsher

Communications and Events Officer:

Cassie Harley-Boyce

NIHR School for Public Health Research

The National Institute for Health Research School for Public Health Research (NIHR SPHR) was established in April 2012.

The White Paper, ‘Healthy Lives, Healthy People: Our strategy for public health in England’, was clear that public health evaluation and research will be critical in enabling future challenges to be met and opportunities realised.

In line with Government priorities, the School aims to assist in the development of the public health system by:

  • Narrowing the gap between the users and suppliers of research
  • Increasing the evidence base for effective public health practice
  • Undertaking applied translational research
  • Considering local public health needs and evaluating innovative local practices with potential for wider population benefit.

The School is a partnership between the following academic centres:

Professor Jon Nicholl, from the University of Sheffield, is the inaugural Director of the School. The lead for each of the academic centres forms the School Executive.

Members of the School were selected after a competition for academic institutions with a proven track record in applied research and evaluative practice in public health. The selection criteria assessed by an independent panel were based on quality of research outputs, critical mass of expertise and relevance of current work.

NIHR is supporting the further development of involved academic institutions and providing total funding of £20m for the initiative over a five year period. The School complements existing NIHR funding streams. 

The UCL membership is led by Anne Johnson, along with co-investigators Nick Freemantle, Michael King, Susan Michie, and Rosalind Raine.

For further information please visit the NIHR School for Public Health Research website.

Jobs and PhD Studentship Opportunities

National Institute for Health Research – Research Associate

An opening exists at UCL for an experienced and enthusiastic Research Associate to work on the ‘Alcohol Toolkit Study’ (ATS), funded by the National Institute for Health Research School for Public Health Research as part of its School-wide Alcohol research programme.  The ATS is a monthly household survey of representative samples of 1700 people aged 16+ in England with a longitudinal follow-up postal survey 6 months later. It will provide evidence about the impact of national policy initiatives and campaigns on the population, and how this varies according to socio-demographic characteristics. The Research Associate will work under the overall direction of Susan Michie, Professor of Health Psychology at UCL. 

The post is funded for 36 months in the first instance

You should be an experienced post-doctoral researcher with a PhD related to Health Psychology, Addiction or Public Health. You should have experience of managing large data sets and advanced skills of statistical analysis.. You should have a proven track record of publications in high quality journals. You should have knowledge of behavior change and reducing excessive alcohol consumption. 

A job description, person specification and details of how to apply can be accessed via the UCL Jobs website 

Informal enquiries should be made to: Professor Susan Michie ( or Dr Jamie Brown (

If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact CORE Administrator (tel: 020 7679 1785,

Closing date: 18th December 2013

Please check the NIHR SPHR website for details of opportunities at other member organisations.

About the NIHR

The National Institute for Health Research provides the framework through which the research staff and research infrastructure of the NHS in England is positioned, maintained and managed as a national research facility.  The NIHR provides the NHS with the support and infrastructure it needs to conduct first-class research funded by the Government and its partners alongside high-quality patient care, education and training.  Its aim is to support outstanding individuals (both leaders and collaborators), working in world class facilities (both NHS and university), conducting leading edge research focused on the needs of patients. 

For further information on the School for Public Health Research and UCL’s involvement, please contact Sarah Welsher.