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Public Health and Prevention specialty


We support research intended to improve the health of the public and reduce inequalities in health. This means we support and promote a wide range of research, including studies relating to:

  • obesity
  • lifestyle (diet, smoking, alcohol, substance misuse)
  • chronic disease prevention
  • screening
  • mental health and wellbeing
  • environment
  • sustainable development
  • health inequalities
  • social determinants of health

Many of these studies take place outside of traditional clinical environments, across a wide range of health and local authority settings - for example in schools or other community settings.

National Specialty Lead

Professor Jane West is the CRN National Speciality Lead for Public Health and Prevention.

Funding opportunities / funding calls

See the latest funding opportunities for public health and prevention research

Associate Principal Investigator (PI) Scheme

If you’re a healthcare professional, you could be eligible for our Associate PI Scheme

Help with research

Through the Clinical Research Network (CRN), you can get help with:

  • planning and delivering your research to achieve the greatest impact
  • recruiting patients for your study
  • costs for your study, if you are eligible. This could include money for extra staff, facilities or equipment

Find out more about the Services to support study delivery

More information

At the NIHR, we support all areas of public health research. Find out more:

Public health research at NIHR