Public health policy
The University of Cambridge’s world class researchers generate evidence and knowledge to improve public health and wellbeing at local, regional, national and global levels. Our research crosses traditional academic disciplinary boundaries and straddles organisational boundaries in the policy world.
The scientific and policy opportunities at hand are numerous, ranging from the application of genomics to infectious disease surveillance, to sustainable solutions to non-communicable diseases.
Our researchers work on strategies to address a vast range of challenges, such as antimicrobial resistance. They consider the political, legal and economic levers required to improve global health, and integrate the social sciences to understand ethical, cultural and socio-economic contexts.
Being able to deliver meaningful impact on public health through our research depends on how effectively we can engage with the right external stakeholders. To this end, the University, research units and individual researchers establish robust and fruitful policy engagement.
The Public Health: Research into Policy project is highlighting just some of the public health policy impact that research from across the University has already had, as well as trialling new methods of adding capacity to our engagement with policymakers at national and regional levels. As well as initiating new activities, the project connects with those departments already engaging with policy, as well as the Centre for Science and Policy and the Cambridge Public Policy Strategic Research Initiative.
Further case studies of past public health policy engagement can be seen in the University of Cambridge’s Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care REF 2014 submissions.
The Cambridge public health research network, PublicHealth@Cambridge, is one of the seven Strategic Research Networks based at the University of Cambridge. The Network is governed by a Steering Committee chaired by Professor Carol Brayne, which includes representatives from across the spectrum of research at the University of Cambridge and key partner organisations. The Network is hosted at the Cambridge Institute of Public Health and coordinated by Dr Tennie Videler.
The Public Health: Research into Policy project works with, and benefits from, the policy engagement activities of the University of Cambridge research units, including the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR) and the MRC Epidemiology Unit, the Behaviour and Health Research Unit (BHRU), and the Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research (CCHSR).