Public Health PhD

Research across the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences spans ‘from Cell to Society’, with the work of the Department of Public Health and Policy firmly at the Societal end of the spectrum. We provide a service to the public health profession and local practitioners by supporting specialist training in the NHS and acting as academic supervisors and tutors for trainees, and engaging with local communities.

Why study with us?

My research is enthusiastically stimulated and supported by my supervisors. There are great opportunities to present your research to an engaged department, committed to tackling health inequalities.

Callum Rutherford - Public Health PhD student
  • 150

    years the University of Liverpool has been at the forefront of public health.

  • 3rd

    in UK for 4* impact on policy and practice REF (2014).

  • 1%

    Departmental publications are in the top 1% of highly cited papers worldwide.

Overview

Teaching and service work is the social model of health and how that can be applied to address inequalities in health and in health care.

Public health in Liverpool has a long and influential history, including the appointment of England’s first Medical Officer of Health, Dr. William Henry Duncan, in 1847. Dr. Duncan was followed by a number of eminent medical officers who, reflecting their strong links with the University, were also professors here. The Department of Public Health and Policy has grown steadily from these roots, and is now home to a multidisciplinary team drawn from a range of subjects including medical and health sciences, epidemiology, statistics, sociology, psychology, anthropology, community development, policy analysis, history and civic design. They are actively involved in research, education, and health service work related to promoting the health of the public. 

Research across the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences spans ‘from Cell to Society’, with the work of the Department of Public Health and Policy firmly at the Societal end of the spectrum

We provide a service to the public health profession and local practitioners by supporting specialist training in the NHS and acting as academic supervisors and tutors for trainees, and engaging with local communities and stakeholders is a core activity in the department. 

Research across the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences spans ‘from Cell to Society’: with the work of the Department of Public Health and Policy firmly at the Societal end of the spectrum.

The department's research focuses on services and systems for health and well-being operating at the community and population levels. It covers healthy members of the public as well as patients, seeking to understand how to improve the systems that society needs to put in place to promote, sustain and protect health, prevent disease and care for the sick.

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Our research interests

We particularly welcome research proposals that match those of our researchers.

Our three major research areas are Policy Research on Social Determinants and Health, Child Health, Energy, Air Pollution and Health , Non-Communicable Disease Prevention and Food Policy , Public Health Simulation Modelling.

Research themes

The Department's 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 the generation of inequalities in health and in access to health services
  • To assess the impact of interventions at the community and population levels to reduce the burden of disease and identified inequalities in health and in health services in order to promote health and wellbeing.

 Research strengths include: a focus on intervention research to tackle social determinants of health and health inequalities; engagement with the policy and practice communities to ensure policy-relevance; and incorporation of the experiences of people in their day-to-day lives.

Facilities

The student will have access to a range of methodological expertise, including qualitative analysis, advanced statistical analysis, innovative population simulation techniques and field epidemiology. Furthermore, the student will benefit from the strong link with local, national and international stakeholders, policymakers and academics through the Departmental collaborations in the UK and abroad. (See individual staff pages for details).

Research groups

Policy Research on Social Determinants and Health

Energy, Air Pollution and Health

Non-Communicable Disease Prevention and Food Policy

 

 

Study options and fees


PhD Duration Home/EU Students International Students
Full time 2-4 years £4,407* (2020) £23,650* ^ (lab based programmes)
£18,000* (non Lab based programmes) (2020).
Part time 4-6 years £2,204* (2020) £11,825* (lab based programmes) £9,000* (non Lab based programmes) (2020)

*This fees excludes potential research support fees also known as ‘bench fees. You will be notified of any fee which may apply in your offer letter.

^Self funded full time international students studying a lab based programme will receive a £2,000 reduction in their fees for the first year only.

Entry requirements

Applications are welcomed from well qualified graduates who would typically hold a UK first degree or equivalent in the first or 2:1 class, or a 2:2 class degree plus a Masters degree, in a relevant subject.

We welcome applications from within the EU and around the world. You should ensure that your qualifications are equivalent to those required to study for this research degree. See our guidance on international qualifications.

You must also have reached a minimum standard of English and be able to provide evidence of this. See our English language requirements for international students.

Additional requirements

Your research can be in any area that matches our research interests and expertise, outlined above. CRB and other checks may be necessary for some project types and every proposal will need to receive ethical approval.

You'll also need coherent writing skills, along with the stamina, self-motivation and organization to complete a demanding research project.

How to apply

Research degree applications can be made online.  Before you apply, we recommend that you identify a supervisor and develop a research proposal.  You'll also need to ensure that you have funding to cover all fees.

Applications are open all year round.

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