About the Centre for Population Health Sciences
The Centre for Population Health Sciences (CPHS) draws on a long history of public health and general practice at the University of Edinburgh. The Centre brings together researchers with expertise in epidemiology, statistics and modelling, sociology, social policy, psychology, economics, geography, health promotion, nursing and medicine. Thus CPHS research projects can take advantage of a multi-disciplinary approach when needed, which is often the case in population health research. The mission of CPHS encompasses four inter-linked activities.
- To undertake high-quality research in topics of population health importance, including development of statistical, epidemiological and social science methods
- To ensure our research is accomplished in accordance with best practice in research governance.
- To facilitate collaborative working within the research Centre, with the wider University (that is, with investigators from Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine (IGMM), Queen's Medical Research Institute (QMRI), Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (CRFR) and the Global Health Academy) and beyond, with research partners
- Teaching and Research training
- To continue the professional leadership that was taken by the University of Edinburgh in the late 19th and 20th century, in Public Health and General Practice
- To contribute to NHS service, primarily through the numerous clinical and non-clinical members of staff who hold honorary NHS contracts, and through the general medical practice linked to the Centre (Mackenzie Medical Centre, West Richmond Street).
- To share in maintaining and improving research quality and dissemination (by refereeing papers and grant/fellowship applications and by serving on) journal Editorial Boards, conference organising committees, clinical trial Ethics and Data Monitoring Committees etc.
- To undertake consultancy, to government, the NHS, the third sector and industry.
- Knowledge Exchange
- To publish reports, papers, research briefings and books, present findings/reviews at conferences and in many other arenas (eg parliament, meetings of policy makers), and take part in radio and TV programmes.
The co-directors of CPHS are Professor Harry Campbell and Professor Aziz Sheikh. The Centre is based within the School of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences within the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine.