The Centre for Public Health in Queen's University Belfast is a group of multidisciplinary researchers with interests in Epidemiology (including Genetics), Nutrition and Metabolism, Nephrology and Ageing. Some of our colleagues are also associated with the UKCRC Centre of Excellence for Public Health, Northern Ireland, the Centre for Health Improvement and the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry. Our research takes place on the Royal Victoria Hospital and the Belfast City Hospital sites.
Our research interests are focussed on health and common chronic disease, with the aim of generating scientific knowledge that can be translated into improvements in the health of our population, patient care and public policy. Education of future clinical and scientific research leaders is also a core objective. There are four research groups incorporated within the Centre for Public Health:
- Cancer Epidemiology and Health Services Research Group
- Epidemiology and Public Health Research Group
- Nutrition and Metabolism Research Group
- Genetic Epidemiology Research Group
Some research objectives and prioritised actions for the Centre for Public Health (2012 - 2013)
- 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.