Centre for Public Health
The Centre for Public Health conducts research into the health of the population with the aim of promoting and protecting health and well-being, preventing ill-health and reducing health inequities.
Our work covers a range of policy topics including obesity, physical activity, nutrition, sexual health, mental health and well-being, tobacco, alcohol and drugs misuse.
The Centre is home to over 50 members of staff and undertakes world leading public health research. The Centre provides both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and offers supervision and specialist training in public health and works closely with colleagues in public health policy and practice at local, regional and national level.
The Centre for Public Health works in collaboration with four funded public health research centres:
-NIHR School for Public Health Research - a partnership between eight leading academic centres with excellence in applied public health research in England. Prof Rona Campbell is the Deputy Director of the National School, Training lead and lead in Bristol.
-DECIPHer - Centre for the Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement which is a strategic partnership between Cardiff University (led by Prof. Simon Murphy) and the University of Bristol (led by Prof. Rona Campbell). DECIPHer is a UKCRC Public Health Research Centre of Excellence.
-NIHR Applied Research Centre (ARC) West – ARC West will be hosted by University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust (UH Bristol) from 1st Oct 2019. It brings together universities, local authorities, NHS trusts, clinical commissioning groups, voluntary sector and community organisations in the West of England, alongside patients and members of the public, to focus on improving health and care for local people. Prof John MacLeod is the NIHR ARC West Director.
-NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Evaluation of Interventions (HPRU) - a partnership between the University of Bristol and Public Health England (PHE) in collaboration with University College London, the Medical Research Council Biostatistics Unit at Cambridge University, and the University of the West of England. Professor Matthew Hickman is the co-director of the HPRU alongside Isabel Oliver in PHE.
See more about the work we do on our research pages.
Public Health at the University of Bristol has been ranked 2nd in the UK, 3rd in Europe and 8th globally by Shanghai Ranking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (GRAS).