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NIHR School for Public Health Research

The National Institute for Health Research School for Public Health Research (NIHR SPHR) was established in April 2012.

The White Paper, ‘Healthy Lives, Healthy People: Our strategy for public health in England’, was clear that public health evaluation and research will be critical in enabling future challenges to be met and opportunities realised.

In line with Government priorities, the School aims to assist in the development of the public health system by:

  • narrowing the gap between the users and suppliers of research
  • increasing the evidence base for effective public health practice
  • undertaking applied translational research
  • considering local public health needs and evaluating innovative local practices with potential for wider population benefit.

The School is a partnership between the following academic centres:

Professor Ashley Adamson, from Newcastle University, has been appointed as Director for the School's second five-year term. The lead for each of the academic centres forms the School Executive.

Members of the School were selected after a competition for academic institutions with a proven track record in applied research and evaluative practice in public health. The selection criteria assessed by an independent panel were based on quality of research outputs, critical mass of expertise and relevance of current work.

NIHR is supporting the further development of involved academic institutions and providing total funding of £20.5m for the initiative over a five year period. The School complements existing NIHR funding streams. 

The UCL membership is led by Professor Susan Michie, along with co-investigators Professors Nick Freemantle, Rosalind Raine, Catherine Law and David Osborn

UCL-based researchers directly supported by the NIHR SPHR include Dr Emma Beard, Dr Milena Falcaro, Dr Clare Tanton, Dr Bettina Friedrich and Dr Oliver Mason. The team is supported by Dr Karen Groot (NIHR SPHR Manager) and Candice Moore (NIHR SPHR Research Administrator).

For further information on NIHR SPHR projects in which UCL is involved see Susan Michie’s group’s NIHR SPHR page. For details of all the activities of the NIHR School for Public Health Research, please visit the NIHR SPHR website.

Jobs and PhD Studentship Opportunities

There are currently no NIHR SPHR job opportunities at UCL. 

Please check the NIHR SPHR website for details of opportunities at other member organisations.

About the NIHR 

The National Institute for Health Research provides the framework through which the research staff and research infrastructure of the NHS in England is positioned, maintained and managed as a national research facility. The NIHR provides the NHS with the support and infrastructure it needs to conduct first-class research funded by the Government and its partners alongside high-quality patient care, education and training.  Its aim is to support outstanding individuals (both leaders and collaborators), working in world class facilities (both NHS and university), conducting leading edge research focused on the needs of patients. 

For further information on the School for Public Health Research and UCL's involvement, please contact Karen Groot.

NIHR School for Public Health Research
" "Public health evaluation and research will be critical in enabling future challenges to be met and opportunities realised."