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Public Health Sciences & Medical
Statistics, University of Southampton, C floor, South Academic
Block, Southampton General Hospital, Southampton, SO166YD.
The academic Public
Health department of the University of Southampton (Public Health
Sciences and Medical Statistics-
) is a
very active research and training group based at the Southampton
University Healthcare Trust, with around 30 staff. It incorporates
the University Medical Statistics group and the South Central
Research Design Service which provides research advice and support
professionals. It is part of Southampton Clinical Research
Institute which also includes the two NIHR funded Biomedical
Research Units (Respiratory and Nutrition), the Southampton
Clinical Trials Unit, Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility and
Southampton University Hospital Trust Research and Development
The current research
interests are in health and health care needs of vulnerable groups
including people in the criminal justice system, the epidemiology
of liver disease and renal disease, lifestyle related harms
including alcohol and obesity, evaluating need and demand for
health care, and RCTs in cancer. However the group collaborates
with a range of clinicians using multiple methods including RCTs,
systematic reviews, modelling (simulation and multi-level), cohort
studies and qualitative approaches.
The group has a track
record of obtaining grant funding, peer reviewed publications and
successfully supervising MD/PhD students. There are currently 2MD
and 3 PhD students supervised by the group.
There are strong links
with Primary Care and with clinical departments in secondary care
(e.g. Hepatology, Cancer, General Surgery, Renal Medicine, and
Metabolic Medicine). In addition
leading an initiative to bring together across the University those
researchers and departments interested in Population Health, with a
recent population health conference being successful in
sharing current research, ideas and skills, strengthening and
fostering future collaborations with departments in the
University, for example Social Statistics, Geography;
Psychology. There are close links with external groups (e.g.
University College London, Imperial College London, London School
of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine).
organises and largely delivers the Public Health component of the
undergraduate Bachelor of Medicine programme, the research methods
module for the Bachelor of Medical Science, and delivers a wide
variety of postgraduate training to
s (including the epidemiology
module on the
Public Health practice run by the Faculty of Health Sciences, F2
and PhD students.
There are opportunities
registrars to undertake a
prolonged attachment suitable for an MD/PhD, and/or to gain
teaching experience or to have shorter attachments with the aim of
conducting a shorter piece of research and obtaining a
publication(s) and conference presentations. Prior contact is
needed to identify a registrars’ interests and to plan an
appropriate research project.
Registrars can be
seconded to the Public Health Nutrition group, which is interested
in links between nutrition and health or to the MRC Epidemiology
Resource Centre which has a major research interest in the
developmental origins of adult disease and in musculoskeletal
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