Dr Ryan Irwin PhD MPA MSc BSc (hons)

Ryan Irwin

Institute of Applied Health Research
Honorary Research Fellow

Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Ryan Irwin is a Population Health Executive with Cerner and has a particular interest in primary care and population health improvement.  He has wide experience across health and care strategy, development and delivery and has served as a director and non-executive director across public, private and third sector health and care organisations. 

Ryan has a clinical background with a BSc (hons) in Physiotherapy and academically holds an MSc., MPA and PhD across areas including health and care strategy, policy, management and quality improvement.  Executive education has been gained in strategic management and healthcare economics at the University of Cambridge – Judge Business School and University of Oxford, respectively.   

Ryan’s research to date has utilised mixed methods to understand variation in the quality of primary care to support quality improvement.  His research crosses the social, clinical and computer sciences.

Ryan specialises in:

  • Population health strategy
  • Primary and population health and care models (including commissioning, decommissioning and provider development)
  • Data and measurement for primary and population health improvement (including person-reported outcome measurement)
  • Understanding variation and supporting quality improvement in primary care



  • PhD. Applied Health Research
  • MPA. Masters in Public Administration
  • MSc. Masters in Health Policy and Management
  • BSc (hons). Physiotherapy 

Other activities


Irwin, R., Stokes, T., Marshall, T. (2015) Practice-level quality improvement interventions in primary care: a review of systematic reviews.  Primary Health Care Research and Development. doi:10.1017/S1463423615000274

El Asmar, M., Dharmayat, K., Vallejo-Vaz, A., Irwin, R., Mastellos, M. (2021) Effect of computerised, knowledge-based, clinical decision-support systems on patient-reported and clinical outcomes of patients with chronic disease managed in primary care settings: a systematic review.  BMJ Open. http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2021-054659