Public Health MPhil/PhD

Major code: HPMR/HPPR


The Department of Public Health & Policy's influential in teaching and research across a wide range of subjects including medical and health sciences, epidemiology, sociology, anthropology, community development, policy analysis, statistics, civic design, and the history of public health.

We can offer you inspiring surroundings in which to pursue your public health qualifications. Our teaching is underpinned by world leading research, primarily in the area of services and systems relating to health and well-being, at community and population levels.

Our research aims are:

  • To increase understanding of the pathways leading from society to good/ill-health and from ill-health to social and economic consequences, especially concerning inequalities in health and access to health services
  • To assess the impact of interventions at the community and population levels, so as to reduce the identified inequalities in health and in health services and to promote health and wellbeing. 

Subject Overview

A world renowned centre

The University of Liverpool's been at the forefront of public health for 150 years. England's first Medical Officer of Health, Dr William Henry Duncan, was a professor here and this began what is now a world renowned heritage of research, education and service delivery.  Today we've an influential voice on the world stage and close links with many institutions, disciplines and public health bodies. We host the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Policy Research on the Social Determinants of Health; and the Liverpool Public Health Observatory.

From this privileged position we contribute fully to the development of policy, practice and services at local, national and international levels.

NHS Public Health Training Programme

We provide general support for the NHS Public Health Training Programme(specialist registrars and associates) and contribute to Continuing Professional Development for NHS staff and other public health professionals. 

Key Facts

Strong research funding
We've solid funding partnerships with Research Councils (AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC), charities (e.g. Wellcome and Leverhulme Trusts), DEFRA, NHS, Home Office, Police Service, industry and commerce.

Why Department of Public Health and Policy?

Innovative research

We've highly active, internationally renowned research groups and, in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (2008), 80% of our research activity was rated as of international standard. Targeting our key areas of interest we've systematically enhanced our research base, culture and infrastructure, whilst building internationally influential groups. Our work is theoretically robust and problem and policy focused, with a research agenda that's socially relevant and postgraduate teaching that's truly research-led.