Division of Population Health Sciences

The overall aim of Population Health Sciences (PHS) is to improve population health through six core activities:

  • Epidemiology of Common Conditions (with large programmes on diabetes, infection, chronic pain and neurodevelopment)
  • Quality and Safety Improvement in Health Care (with a focus on prescribing and changing professional practice)
  • Intervention Studies (including clinical trials and community based interventions and methods development)
  • Public Health Research (with a focus on alcohol and changing health behaviour)
  • Informatics
  • Postgraduate Education (http://medicine.dundee.ac.uk/course/master-public-health

The Division of Population Health Sciences and School of Medicine have a long history of research utilising large, linked datasets and use their success to establish new local, national and international programmes.

The Division comprises of 5 groupings of researchers;

Research Themes

  • DEBU is a research group within Population Health Sciences, led by Prof Donnan that provides a focus for Medical Statistics in various fields.

  • The Quality, Safety and Informatics Research Group aims to deliver high-quality research that has the potential to rapidly and significantly improve the quality and safety of healthcare, and a common feature of many studies is the use of health informatics.

  • The aim of our work is to optimise neurodevelopmental outcome of infants born preterm. The Group’s programme of work has been established since 1985 and is founded on the developmental-translational cycle with diseases entities, which impact on postnatal brain development, at its heart.

  • Chronic pain affects up to half of all adults and is severe in more than 5%.  It has a high impact on individuals, society and the healthcare services.  The overall aim of the Chronic Pain Research Group, recently established, is to inform its management and prevention, minimising its overall impact. 

  • Our research involves tailoring interventions to specific age, gender and socio-economic groups, utilising mechanisms for intervention delivery that are appropriate to the target group. This involves a collaborative venture involving psychologists, a sociologist, statisticians, an epidemiologist, computer scientists, an addictions expert and graphic designers.

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