Cambridge Institute of Public Health generates evidence and knowledge to improve global public health, using our research, teaching and analysis to promote well-being, prevent disease and reduce health inequalities.
The Institute, originally set up in 1993, is a vibrant, multidisciplinary partnership of academics and public health professionals, based at the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.
- We carry out research in public health and population sciences
- We educate scientists, clinicians and public health professionals
- We analyse and interpret population health evidence and data
We host The PublicHealth@Cambridge Strategic Research Network, established in 2012, which provides active links with all six schools at the University of Cambridge.
The research and teaching environment at the Institute has helped its members to achieve significant growth in research output and scope, with major expansion in applied health research and the establishment of six interdisciplinary cross-departmental research centres.
Our scientific discoveries have helped to drive improvements in population health:
- We have identified new sources of disease – including over 350 genes that influence common diseases
- We have learned more about how behaviours and environmental factors influence health – there are four health behaviours, for example, that are associated with a 14-year greater life expectancy for adults
- We have investigated the effects of diagnosis and screening on health and well-being – we have quantified the benefits and harms of screening for type 2 diabetes, for example
- We have learned more about the control of chronic diseases and have produced evidence for changes in the treatment of high blood pressure, and stroke in older people
- Our work on healthcare services has had a substantial impact on how the NHS measures quality
- Our work has shown that dementia has a much lower prevalence in the UK than had previously been thought
Our partnership is:
- The Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge, led by Professor John Danesh
- The MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge, led by Professor Nick Wareham
- The MRC Biostatistics Unit, directed by Professor Sylvia Richardson
- The MRC Elsie Widdowson Laboratory (formerly the MRC Human Nutrition Research) directed by Professor Ann Prentice
- Several applied research groups in Public Health England namely The PHE Knowledge and Intelligence Service (East of England) led by Professor Peter Bradley, The National Cancer Registration Service led by Dr Jem Rashbass, The Eastern Field Epidemiology Service led by Dr Mark Reacher and the Clinical Microbiology & Public Health Laboratory led by Dr Nick Brown.
- The PHG Foundation, an independent non-profit health policy think tank, led by Dr Hilary Burton
The Cambridge Institute of Public Health is one of the world’s leading centres of expertise in the health of populations and the factors which influence global public health; and our alumni are working all over the world to improve public health.
Our success stems from the breadth and depth of our expertise across the field of public health, and from our strong and stable partnerships.
We are now working to consolidate our success with three areas for development:
- Inspiring success – a new integrated training strategy
- Research into action – strengthening our external relations and knowledge transfer activities
- Public Health 2025 – a building for the future to be a focus for public health interdisciplinary research and teaching for Cambridge