Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics PhD/MSc by Research

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In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise 60% of our submission in the area of Epidemiology and Public Health was considered internationally excellent or world leading, highlighting the substantial strength in this area within the College of Medical and Dental Sciences. 

Course fact file

Type of Course: Doctoral research

Study Options: Full time, part time

Duration: PhD: 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time; MSc by Research: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Start date: Research degrees may start at any time of the year, though for most this will be September/October

Contact

Head of College of Medical and Dental Sciences Graduate School: Professor Steve Watson

You can contact us on +44 (0)121 414 5005

Details

The Unit of Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics is home to a wide range of academic public health activities, including:

  • Epidemiological and health services research
  • Public health resource development
  • Health technology assessment
  • Postgraduate taught courses
  • Research opportunities and undergraduate medical education

Our main research programmes are in the areas of:

  • The epidemiology of maternal and child health, cancer, genetics, health behaviour, and respiratory and communicable disease
  • Health services research in health care evaluation, evidence-based practice, health care quality, health impact assessment
  • Clinical trials, Biostatistics and other research methodology

In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), 60% of our submission in the area of Epidemiology and Public Health was considered internationally excellent or world leading, highlighting the substantial strength in this area within the College of Medical and Dental Sciences.

Fees and funding

Standard fees  apply, although in some projects a bench fee is also payable 
Learn more about fees and funding

Scholarships and studentships
Scholarships may be available. UK/EU students should contact the School directly for further information. International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government. For general scholarship enquiries email sfo@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Entry requirements

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International students
We accept a range of qualifications from different countries – learn more about international entry requirements

Standard English language requirements apply

How to apply

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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Research interests of staff

  • Maternal and child epidemiology: epidemiological studies in maternal and child health including work on the long-term health of women after childbirth and the effect of different interventions around pregnancy.
    Professor Christine MacArthur
  • Epidemiology of common cancers; cardiovascular diseases; chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases.
    Professor K K Cheng
  • The risks of adverse health and social outcomes in survivors of cancer diagnosed in childhood or young adulthood.
    Professor Mike Hawkins
  • The provision of an early warning system to the Department of Health of new health care technologies and associated diffusion research.
    Professor Andrew Stevens
  • Health impact assessment: assessing the impact of public sector investment, particularly in non-health areas, and developing associated methodologies. 
    Professor Jayne Parry
  • The role of informatics and digital technology in the management of diabetes and multiple morbidities, Epidemiology of endocrinological disorders, Public Heath Informatics and Clinical Informatics
    Dr Krishnarajah Nirantharakumar
  • Health services research methodology: researching into the methodology of clinical trials to ensure fitness for purpose, and associated methodological research. 
    Evaluating service delivery interventions, supply side health economics (Value of Investment Analysis), measurement of the quality and safety of research, developing associated methodologies.
    Professor Richard Lilford
  • Primary care service organisation for cardiovascular prevention; analysis of large primary care data sets.
    Dr Tom Marshall
  • Behavioural epidemiology (childhood obesity prevention), Respiratory epidemiology (COPD), Screening, Health Services Research
    Dr Peymane Adab
  • Evaluation of medical tests and biomarkers, systematic review methodology, non-randomised evaluations of health care interventions
    Professor Jon Deeks
  • Maternal and child health, Prevention of chronic disease, Clinical Trials, Health service research, Qualitative methods
    Professor Kate Jolly
  • COPD screening, COPD epidemiology (aetiology, prognosis and effectiveness of new interventions), seasonal and pandemic influenza vaccine epidemiology, systematic reviews, epidemiological studies, health services research
    Dr Rachel Jordan
  • Childhood cancer, survivorship, late effects, subsequent primary neoplasms
    Dr Raoul Reulen
  • Application of, and development of methods for, biostatistics; particularly in relation to:- Meta-analysis and evidence synthesis, including individual patient data meta-analysis; Diagnostic and prognostic test accuracy studies; Prognostic factor studies; Risk prediction and prognostic models; Biomarkers; Stratified medicine
    Dr Richard Riley
  • Cardiovascular disease, Epidemiology, Public Health, Ageing
    Dr Neil Thomas

Contact

Head of College of Medical and Dental Sciences Graduate School: Professor Steve Watson

You can contact us on +44 (0)121 414 5005

Employability

Following graduation, Postgraduate Researchers in the College MDS gain employment in a variety of areas though with a majority continuing in research, mostly in Academia but also in the Health,  Pharmaceutical, and Biotechnology sectors.  Others pursue careers in Education, Publishing, Intellectual Property Protection, Technology Innovation, Business, and more besides.

Find out more about where our postgraduate students go

Contact

Head of College of Medical and Dental Sciences Graduate School: Professor Steve Watson

You can contact us on +44 (0)121 414 5005