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Public health and health inequalities

Public Health is a broad range of topics and disciplines traditionally associated with epidemiology and population health but in recent years the policy backdrop has broadened the remit so that many different workforce group across society are associated with the ethics and health economics of public health and a real concern with health inequalities. In the CHSCR, the research expertise and experience is focused around improving health both nationally and internationally based on systems thinking and associated with the need to adopt new methods and practices in health care to improve the population’s health. Appropriate preventive and curative health services need implementation and evaluation, but in practice measures to improve population health often actually increase health inequality. Our work focuses on finding the causes for this and possible cures. We also look at barriers to accessing health care and ways to overcome them.

Our team members have diverse professional and academic backgrounds with close ties to many external partners, locally and nationally. We work collaboratively in some key areas of inequality, including age, gender, class, ethnicity and disability. We have a portfolio of successful research, funded by prestigious national bodies, such as the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and Public Health England, as well as applied studies funded by local partners. A key project involves working with the National Institute for Health Research Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care for South Yorkshire (CLAHRC-Yorkshire and Humber) looking at health inequalities and healthy weight.

This research group is multi-disciplinary and our staff includes: public health specialists, epidemiologists, information scientists, health economists, statisticians, and health services researchers.

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