Professor Ian Watt


Associate Dean (International)

Role at Hull York Medical School

Professor Ian Watt is the head of the Centre for Health and Population Sciences, one of the main Hull York Medical School research centres.


Ian is an academic general practitioner and public health physician. He trained in medicine at the Universities of St Andrews and Manchester. Following qualification, he specialised in general practice and public health, and has worked in a number of different settings both in the UK and abroad.

He joined the University of York in 1994 when he took up a post in the NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, and was appointed Professor of Primary and Community Care in the Department of Health Studies in 1997. He is an Honorary Consultant in Public Health Medicine with Public Health England.


Professor Watt's main research interests are patient involvement and communication in health care, patient safety, and the effectiveness of health and healthcare interventions.


Professor Watt's main teaching responsibilities address aspects of patient centred care, patient and professional communication, and global health. He is a member of the programme management team for the Masters in Public Health.