Dr Suzanne Bartington MBBS, MSc, PhD, MFPH

Dr Suzanne Bartington

Institute of Applied Health Research
Clinical Research Fellow
Honorary Specialty Registrar in Public Health

Contact details

Institute of Applied Health Research
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
The Murray Learning Centre
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Suzanne Bartington is a Clinical Research Fellow and Member of the Faculty of Public Health with wide ranging interests in environmental epidemiology and applied public health.

Her research primarily investigates the health, social and economic impact of pollutant exposure and air quality intervention measures to inform public health policy worldwide. Applications include development of modelling tools to provide an effective framework for prediction of the lifecourse impact of public health policy measures.

This interdisciplinary portfolio has been developed in a range of policy contexts, including large-scale population based cohorts (Millennium Cohort Study, Born in Guangzhou Cohort Study, Guangzhou Biobank Cohort Study) and observational studies in Low and Middle Income settings worldwide (Nepal, China, Chile, Rwanda, Uganda).



  • Member of the Faculty of Public Health (MFPH), 2015
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS), University College London, 2012
  • PhD (Paediatric Epidemiology), University College London, 2009
  • MSc Modern Epidemiology, Imperial College London, 2003
  • BA (Hons) Medical and Veterinary Sciences, Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge, 2002


Suzanne Bartington completed her first degree in Medical and Veterinary Sciences at Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge, specialising in Immunology and Virology. She proceeded to develop early research interests lifecourse epidemiology as a member of the Millennium Cohort Study Child Health Group at the UCL Institute of Child Health, including involvement in longitudinal study design, biomarker collection and record linkage.

In 2009 she successfully completed doctoral training supported by a Medical Research Council Studentship, examining patterns of acquisition of viral infections in early life and the association with respiratory outcomes and allergic disease in later childhood.

Following her PhD Suzanne proceeded to complete clinical medical training at UCL where she obtained a Wellcome Trust Research Award to support fieldwork in southern Nepal, measuring domestic exposure to Household Air Pollution and the determinants of allergic and respiratory disease. Her interest in environmental epidemiology was further developed through an Honorary Clinical Research Fellow position at the Department of Primary Care and Population Health, Imperial College London during Academic Foundation Programme training in the North West Thames Foundation School.

Suzanne joined the University of Birmingham in 2015 as an Academic Clinical Fellow in Public Health working under the supervision of Professor KK Cheng to develop lifecourse epidemiology research within the Born in Guangzhou and Guangzhou Biobank Cohort Studies. After obtaining full Membership of the Faculty of Public Health, Suzanne was appointed as Clinical Research Fellow in summer 2016. Her research applies an epidemiological approach to investigating the disease burden associated with air pollutant exposure and estimation of the health and social benefits of policy intervention measures. 


  • MPH/Diploma Public Health, Epidemiology, Statistics and Research Methods Module Tutor
  • MBChB Medicine and Surgery, Small Group Tutor and Personal Mentor
  • BSc Public Health Lecturer and Tutor

Postgraduate supervision

Suzanne is interested in supervising doctoral research students in the following areas: 

  • Air quality exposure assessment and epidemiology
  • Evaluation of environmental health intervention measures
  • Development of modelling tools for estimation of the health and social impacts of complex intervention measures
  • Applied public health research in Low and Middle Income settings.

Current doctoral research opportunities 


Suzanne’s principle research interests are in lifecourse epidemiology, including the role of exposure to infections in early life on respiratory disease outcomes. She also maintains an interest in cohort
study methodology, including study design and data linkage.

Research groups and Centres

Other activities

Suzanne is an elected member of Oxfordshire County Council where she represents Witney North and East Division.

In August 2015 she was appointed as the County Cycling Champion, providing advocacy and support for active travel initiatives and infrastructure projects across Oxfordshire. 


Hu Y, He JR, Liu FH, Li WD, Lu JH, Xing YF, Lin SF, Liu X, Bartington SE, Feng Q, Xia HM, Lam KBH, Cheng KK, Qiu X. Effectiveness of a Kindergarten-Based Intervention for Preventing Childhood Obesity in China. Pediatrics. 2017 Dec;140(6). pii: e20171221. doi: 10.1542/peds.2017-1221.

Qiu X, Lu JH, He JR,  Lam KBH, Shen SY, Guo Y,1 Kuang Y, Yuan M, Qiu L, Chen N, Lu M, Li W, Xing Y Zhou F, Bartington SE, Cheng KK,  Xia HM. Cohort Profile: The Born in Guangzhou Cohort Study (BIGCS). Eur J Epidemiol. 2017; 32(4):337-346. doi: 10.1007/s10654-017-0239-x. 

*Bartington SE, Bakolis I, Devakumar D, Kurmi OP, Gulliver J, Chaube G, Manandhar DS, Saville NM, Costello A, Osrin D, Hansell AL, Ayres JG. Domestic exposure to Carbon Monoxide and Particulate Matter in biomass fuel households in Janakpur, Nepal. Environ Pollut. 2017; 220(Pt A):38-45. doi: 10.1016/j.envpol.2016.08.074. 

Devakumar D, Ayres JG, Bartington SE, Stocks J, Chaube SS, Saville NM, Manandhar DS, Costello A, Osrin D. Cross-sectional study of asthma and rhinitis symptoms in the context of exposure to air pollution in Nepal. ERJ Open Research 2015; 1: 00004-2015. (Link)

Bartington SE, Peckham C, Brown D, Joshi H, Dezateux C and the Millennium Cohort Study Child Health Group. Feasibility of collecting oral fluid samples in the home setting to determine seroprevalence of infections in a large-scale cohort of preschool-aged children. Epidemiology and Infection 2009; 137(2): 211-218. (Link)

Bartington S, Griffiths LJ, Tate AR, Dezateux C and the Millennium Cohort Study Child Health Group.  Are breastfeeding rates higher among mothers delivering in Baby Friendly accredited maternity units in the UK? Int J Epidemiol 2006; 35(5): 1178-1186. (Link)

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