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Centre for Health and Population Sciences

Our health is shaped by where and how we live: by our jobs, families, homes, understanding how these factors shape health is critical if we are to create and sustain health, mental and physical, at every stage of life and across all our communities.

The Centre for Health and Population Sciences brings together expertise to address issues related to population health and healthcare. It includes researchers from the Primary Care and Palliative Care research group and Mental Health and Addiction resarch group at Hull York Medical School, the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York, and from other groupings, including Philosophy at the University of Hull, and the Centre for Reviews at Dissemination and Centre for Health Economics at the University of York. 

The centre is multidisciplinary, both in terms of professional background and research expertise, specialising in clinical trials, epidemiology, health economics, health services research, medicine and psychology. 

Research covers a broad range of topics including: cancer epidemiology; communication and decision-making; mental health; neonatal and infant nutrition; palliative medicine; public health; and primary care. 

The principal aims of the centre are:

  • To undertake research that improves health and healthcare through the development of rigorous research evidence and its application in policy and practice
  • To harness strengths within Hull York Medical School and related departments to foster collaborative research to improve health and health care
  • To contribute to the design and delivery of high quality evidence based teaching and training programmes in Hull York Medical School and partner departments in the Universities of Hull and York

Members

Head of Centre

  • Prof Ian Watt - Head of Centre for Health and Population Sciences


Academic and research staff


Professional support staff

  • Chantelle Hodgson - Research Study Administrator
  • Sandi Newby - PA To Professor Ian Watt, Centre Administrator - Centre for Health and Population Sciences
  • Pamela Parkinson - Research Study Administrator
  • Alison Waring - Research Group Administrator/ICAHR SSIP Facilitator
  • Peter Wells - Programme Administrator
  • Dawn Wood - PA to Professor Miriam Johnson, Secretary to HYMS Ethics Committee


Postgraduate research students

  • Marie Acton
  • Naima Benelhaj
  • Alison Bravington
  • Alina Buture
  • Chris Dalgliesh
  • Sunita Daniels
  • Myriam DellOlio
  • Deborah Hukins
  • Jamilla Hussain
  • Gillian Jackson
  • Dan Jones
  • Mary Kariuki
  • Carl Marincowitz
  • Hannah Miles
  • Zivarna Murphy
  • Ugochinyere Nwulu
  • Sophie Pask
  • Claire Reid
  • Kim Sein
  • Helena Sinclair
Postgraduate study opportunities

Postgraduate research opportunities

The Centre for Health and Population Sciences offers postgraduate training opportunities at both PhD and MD level in the areas of our expertise. In addition to specific skills developed during the research project, we ensure that a range of generic cross-disciplinary skills are developed through a postgraduate training scheme. Studentships within the Centre for Health and Population Sciences are available on a regular basis, adverts for which are advertised on the postgraduate funded opportunities page.

We encourage any individuals interested in pursuing higher research degrees within the Centre for Health and Population Sciences to contact us directly. Informal contact can be made with potential project supervisors or through  Sandi Newby or Ali Waring who will forward your details onto the appropriate supervisor.

Postgraduate taught opportunities

Members of the centre also contribute to the taught MPH and MSc programmes run by the  Department of Health Sciences at the University of York. In addition there is an option under the Hull York Medical School regulations to undertake an MSc by research. This is often the option chosen by Academic Training Fellows, but is available to others.

Undergraduate teaching 

Members of the Centre are actively involved in teaching the students of Hull York Medical School and run a number of Scholarship and Special Interest Programmes. We make significant contributions to the design, delivery, assessment and management of the medical curriculum.