School for Public Health Research

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The School for Public Health Research launched in April 2012 and aims to undertake research into public health with an emphasis on what works practically, can be applied across the country and better meets the needs of policy makers, practitioners and the public. Read the DH press release.

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 will enable the public health system to develop into the future 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.


Renewed and Refreshed School for Public Health Research membership

The School is a partnership between the following leading academic centres in applied public health research in England:

  • University of Bristol
  • University of Cambridge
  • Fuse - Research collaboration between Newcastle University, Durham University, Northumbria University, University of Sunderland and Teesside University
  • Imperial College London
  • LiLaC – Research collaboration between the University of Liverpool and University of Lancaster
  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • University of Sheffield
  • University College London (UCL)

The lead for each of these teams are members of the School Executive and Professor Ashley Adamson, from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, is the Director of the School.

Contracts for the first School ended in March 2017. Following a renew and refresh process through open competitive tender, the above eight members will take forward the second phase of the School from April 2017.

Further information:

NIHR briefing document