The Cambridge public health research network, PublicHealth@Cambridge, is a one of the five 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.
What we do
The Public Health at Cambridge network was established to link and promote research activities among the broad academic research community in Cambridge which includes members of all six Schools of the University and a number of key regional partner organisations. Our goal is to generate fresh insight into the health and well-being of populations by establishing a multidisciplinary community of researchers; supporting development of new research and co-ordinated activities in areas of importance to public health; and facilitating translation of research to benefit current and future populations.
Joining the PublicHealth@Cambridge Network is free and is open to Cambridge-based researchers, at any level of their career, with an interest in research relating to public health. The online researcher directory allows people to search for Cambridge public health network members with interests or expertise in particular areas
What is Public Health?
Public health is the science and art of promoting and protecting the health and well-being of whole populations, preventing ill-health and prolonging life through the organised efforts of society.
For the Cambridge public health research network, “public health” has a very broad focus, extending beyond its clinical aspects. Innovations in agriculture, architecture and engineering for example, as well as sociology, demography, economics and ethics are all crucial aspects of public health research. It is also useful to note that use of the word ‘efforts’ does not mean that public health is restricted to interventions, but also encompasses a wide range of other relevant research methodologies and approaches.
PublicHealth@Cambridge is a multi-disciplinary Strategic Network that draws together researchers from the arts humanities social sciences technology and biomedicine with an interest in public health.Our vision is for PublicHealth@Cambridge to develop synergy across Cambridge in areas of public health importance such as international health, social and behavioural science and methodological advances. We aim to achieve this by co-ordinating research and activities as well as initiating new approaches and new programmes – from molecule to policy making regional to global campus to community.
Professor Carol Brayne Chair of the PublicHealth@Cambridge Steering Committee