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Population health

Medical results and stethoscope

We aim to reduce health inequalities and improve population health and wellbeing in Wales and beyond through high quality research, innovation and engagement.

The core elements in population health are:

  • Understanding the biological, environmental and social causes of disease, including the determinants of health risk behaviours.
  • Designing, developing and testing services and interventions to improve population health and healthcare quality.
  • Implementation of research findings into policy and practice.
  • The complexity of the contemporary health issues requires working across the boundaries of health and non-health disciplines, embracing a host of behavioural, social, economic and environmental factors that affect the health of a community.

Sub-themes

Population health has four sub-themes that intersect, providing opportunities for new collaborations and large-scale programme and centre grants. In addition, the sub-themes have significant areas of overlap and alignment with the other College research themes.

  • Healthy Behaviour Change
  • Healthcare Quality and Safety
  • Healthy Childhood
  • Maintaining Quality of Life and Health in Adults

Aims

  • To develop strategic linkages with the other College research themes, thereby addressing the complex interactions between genetics, development, and life events and lifestyles, and determining how these factors influence the quality and length of life, and develop and tailor interventions to individual needs.
  • To facilitate the pursuit of funding to better understand casual pathways and develop effective and efficient strategies for prevention of ill-health and tackling lifestyles that lead to disease.
  • To develop a network of expertise on bio-informatics and statistics that encourage joint working on shared research priorities to develop capacity and skill in big data approaches that combine biomedical and population science approaches for the improvement of population health outcomes.
  • To facilitate cross-disciplinary collaborations between population health scientists and researchers in areas such as physical and engineering sciences, computing, pharmacy and biosciences to advance and apply new technologies and methodologies for exposure and outcome measurement.
  • To attain and sustain international leadership and excellence in population health research, innovation, education and community engagement and deliver translation, knowledge transfer and impact from research across the College of Biomedical and Life Sciences.

Theme lead

Professor Shantini Paranjothy

Research Theme Lead for Population Health, Professor of Preventive Medicine