The Centre for Public Health is developing high-quality research programmes involving close collaboration between clinical experts and scientists with skills in biochemistry, epidemiology, genetics and statistics. There is a strong emphasis on maintaining international research collaborations, facilitated through formal links with a number of other institutions. In addition, the Centre actively participates in research networks throughout the UK and Europe.
The overarching mission of the Centre for Public Health is to:
- Capacity building in public health research in terms of critical mass, interdisciplinary working, methodological development and key research infrastructure such as longitudinal studies and data linkage.
- Embedding partnerships within communities, health-care practitioners, policy makers and the public, to ensure knowledge co-creation and dissemination.
- Increasing the knowledge base leading to improved health through the prevention and treatment of disease.
- Engagement with policy makers to inform policy development and debate and disseminate health information and increase awareness of health needs.
- Provision of excellent education in public health to students, researchers, clinical practitioners, policy makers and leaders.
The Centre for Public (CPH) has invested significantly in research infrastructure including laboratories, equipment and refurbishment. Our laboratory equipment is located in a dedicated suite of research laboratories on the Royal Victoria Hospital and Belfast City Hospital sites that span and complements our research interests.
The Centre comprises 46 academic staff, 45 research staff, 50 professional support staff, 70 research postgraduate students and 28 masters' students.