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Population medicine

We are committed to delivering research that makes a difference to people’s lives and has an impact.​

We do this through our research into the combination of social, environmental and biological risk factors and interventions for improving health, wellbeing and patient care.​

The population health challenge in Wales is characterised by persistent inequality gaps in health and wellbeing, increasingly complex multi-morbidity patterns and a high prevalence of economic, environmental, social and lifestyle related health risk factors such as smoking, obesity and alcohol related harm.​

Overall, people are living longer but many are living with more than one health condition.​

With increasing pressure on the healthcare system and finite resources to meet these needs we must re-think how we engage the public to create healthy environments, improve and sustain health and well-being and ensure that the provision of safe, high quality healthcare services is based on the highest quality of evidence.​

Our research involves:​

  • Large-scale epidemiological studies to understand the social, environmental and biological risk factors for diseases, and outcomes associated with healthcare use ​
  • Developing, testing and implementing clinical diagnostic, therapeutic and complex behaviour change interventions to improve health and healthcare in the community and NHS settings.​

Public and patient involvement in research is integral to ensuring our research is relevant to and has a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of the people of Wales and beyond. Find out more about public and patient engagement within the School of Medicine.


Medical statistics and epidemiology​

Medical statistics and epidemiology

Our statistical methodological work is particularly focused on longitudinal data, (informatively) irregularly-collected data and causal inference.

 Screening, prevention and early diagnosis​

Screening, prevention and early diagnosis​

Increasing understanding of the influences on cancer risk and prevention, early symptomatic diagnosis, and uptake and technology application in screening (including colorectal and lung).​

Healthcare and behaviour interventions

Healthcare and behaviour interventions

We work across all four health areas, and have particular expertise in primary and community care settings, behavioural and complex interventions, and antimicrobial use and stewardship.

 Collaborative healthcare​

Collaborative healthcare

Drawing on the approaches of patient centred care, patient empowerment and co-production in engaging patients and members of the public in health and healthcare.​

 Quality improvement and patient safety​

Quality improvement and patient safety (DRAFT)

Determining the frequency, burden and preventability of healthcare associated harm in primary and emergency care settings, and to develop and implement interventions to improve patient safety in priority areas.​

 Palliative and supportive care​

Palliative and supportive care

Working towards solutions for ensuring understanding and maintaining the balance for patients with advanced cancer taking part in clinical trials. ​