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Mark Tully

Dr Mark Tully


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Research Interests

I am a member of the Institute for Health Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast. My research focuses on addressing population levels of physical inactivity, which is a major cause of death and disease, including cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes. I target the development of public health interventions that address the underlying determinants of physical activity, including individual, social and environmental factors.

My research involves a mix of approaches, including trials, systematic reviews, epidemiology and the objective measurement of physical activity.  My current projects include studies investigating the effects of changes in the built environment on levels of physical and interventions to promote physical activity in young people, older adults, cardiac and musculoskeletal patients.

Achievements and Distinctions

I was awarded a Wellcome Trust Value in People Award in 2010. This facilitated me to spend time in the MRC Epidemiology Unit at Cambridge University for one year, to develop collaborations and build my expertise.


I have responsibility for the vertical integration of evidence based medicine within the undergraduate medical curriculum.

In summary I have responsibility for:

  • Content and co-ordination of critical appraisal tutorials for Concepts in People and Populations (MED 2015)
  • Setting and marking of critical appraisal assignment for Concepts in People and Populations (MED 2015)
  • Co-ordinating and examining of the critical appraisal section of final MB (Part 1).


I also deliver health promotion throughout the curriculum via:

  • Student selected component entitled “Motivating people to be physically active”
  • Delivery of Health promotion lecture during 4th year GP attachment (MED 4014)

In addition, I contribute to the teaching of health promotion through the Masters in Public Health and the supervision of related undergraduate research projects:

  • Delivery of tutorial on Complex interventions in public health on Masters in Public Health course
  • Delivery of lecture on physical activity on Masters in Public Health course
  • Supervision of Masters in Public Health research project, relating to physical activity

I supervise undergraduate BSc research projects (BMS 3012) relating to physical activity.

I have also been involved in developing an innovative approach to teaching physical activity behaviour change, through a RCT of an experiential learning programme. This has been published in a peer reviewed journal “Education in Primary Care”. This has formed the basis of a new module (student selected component) for undergraduate medical students entitled "Motivating People to be Physically Active" that I have recently developed.

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