Mr Paul Fisher BSc, PGDip, MSc, MPH, FFPH

Mr Paul Fisher

Institute of Applied Health Research
Deputy Programme Director for MPH
Research Fellow in Public Health

Contact details

Institute of Applied Health Research
Public Health Building
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

After graduating as a Geologist, Paul lectured for a decade in the Czech Republic and Russia. On his return to the UK he worked at the Health Protection Agency (now Public Health England) at a regional and national level on climate change, public health, planning and environmental assessment tools. He then completed a four-year training programme as a Specialty Registrar in Public Health leading on a number of public health programmes within the West Midlands. Paul is currently researching the health impacts of climate change, primarily with colleagues in the UK, America and Hong Kong and with a particular focus on the impact of ambient temperature on health inequalities. 

Paul is also passionate about teaching.  He is Deputy Director of the MPH and coordinate modules for the MPH, intercalating medical students and Public Health Registrars. He lectures on a number of other undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Paul has two decades of teaching experience and a number of teaching qualifications (including an RSA diploma). He is currently completing his Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice.

Beyond the academic sphere he works with a number of stakeholders regionally and is Chair of the West Midlands Climate Adaptation Partnership and a Board Member of Sustainability West Midlands.



Research Fellow in Public Health:

  • MPH, University of Birmingham, 2009
  • PGDip in Environmental Toxicology & Pollution Monitoring, University of Ulster, 2006
  • MSc in Environmental Impact Assessment, Auditing and Management Systems, UEA, 2003
  • BSc (Hons) in Geology, Leicester University, 1992
  • UK Public Health Register (UKPHR) Generalist Specialist Registration
  • Faculty of Public Health (FPH) Fellow
  • UK Public Health Register (UKPHR) Qualified Assessor


Public Health MPH/Diploma

  • Deputy Director
  • Module coordinator for International Health Protection
  • Lecturer on Health Protection 1, Health Protection 2, Health Information and Health Informatics

Biomedical Materials Science BMedSc

  • Module coordinator for Applied Public Health

Medicine and Surgery MBChB

  • Lecturer

West Midlands Public Health Registrars

Coordinator of Part A tutorials

Postgraduate supervision

Paul supervises a number of MPH dissertation students each year.


Paul's key area of interest is the impact of the built and natural environment on population health. Currently he is focusing on the impact of ambient temperature on health inequalities but has in the past worked on a wide variety of topics: green space and health, health protection (influenza), syndromic surveillance, care homes, climate change and health, planning and health, air pollution from chemical incidents.

Other activities

  • UK Public Health Register (UKPHR) Generalist Specialist Registration
  • West Midlands Climate Adaptation Partnership (WMCAP) Chair
  • Sustainability West Midlands (SWM) Board Member


2015                Practising Public Health, CRC Press 

2014                Under the Weather, Improving health, wellbeing and resilience in a changing climate, Environment Agency  

2013                Ambulance call-outs and response times in Birmingham and the impact of extreme weather and climate change. Emerg Med J doi:10.1136/emermed-2012-201817 

2013                Influenza vaccination for immunocompromised patients: summary of a systematic review and meta-analysis. Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses 7(Suppl. 2), 72–75. 

2011                Influenza Vaccination for Immunocompromised Patients: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis from a Public Health Policy Perspective. PLoS ONE 6(12): e29249. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0029249 

2010                Health Effects of Climate Change in the West Midlands, WMPHO 

2007                Health and SEA, Department of Health  

2006                Environmental Impacts of the Buncefield Oil Depot Explosion, HPA