Centre for Public Health (CPH) staff aim to identify the epidemiological and genetic risk factors that are important for the health of the individual and of the population, and to develop screening and interventions to reduce the burden of chronic disease in the future. To achieve this, CPH is developing high quality research programmes involving close collaboration between clinical experts and scientists with skills in biochemistry, epidemiology, genetics and statistics. There is a strong emphasis on maintaining international research collaborations, facilitated through formal links with a number of other institutions. In addition, the Centre actively participates in research networks throughout the UK and Europe.
The overarching mission of the Centre for Public Health is to:
- Advance the health of the public at a regional, national and international level, by increasing knowledge and influencing clinical and public health practice and policy.
- Capacity building in public health research in terms of critical mass, interdisciplinary working, methodological development and key research infrastructure such as longitudinal studies and data linkage.
- Embedded partnerships with communities, practitioners, policy makers and the public, to ensure knowledge co-creation and dissemination.
- Increase knowledge leading to improved health through prevention and treatment of disease.
- Engage with policy makers to inform policy development and debate, disseminate health information and increase awareness of health needs.
- Provide excellent education in public health to researchers, practitioners, policy makers and leaders.