School of Public Health

Primary Care and Public Health

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The Department of Primary Care & Public Health at Imperial College London forms part of the School of Public Health in the Faculty of Medicine. We are located in one of the most socio-economically and ethnically diverse areas of the UK and this is reflected in our key objectives.

Core Mission

Our core mission is to achieve better health through strengthening the primary care science base; training the next generation of NHS general practitioners, primary care professionals and public health specialists to become health leaders; and influencing health policies and programmes around the world.

Research Focus

We aim to improve the health of the population, patients' experience of their primary healthcare and health outcomes for patients, and reduce health inequalities. To achieve these objectives, our research is focused on areas such as:
• disease prevention and early diagnosis
• optimising the management of conditions such as diabetes and heart disease
• encouraging self-care
• developing innovations and improvements in the delivery of primary care

We have established ourselves as a leading academic primary care department; combining local, national and international research with teaching and training programmes.

International Expertise and Quantitative Research

We have internationally-recognised expertise and capacity in quantitative research methods including:
• the use of well-designed observational cohort studies
• statistical analysis of large healthcare-derived databases
• systematic reviews and evidence synthesis
• health systems and health policy analysis

New Technology

We have an expanding programme of work in the use of new technology to improve healthcare, such as the use of smartphone 'apps' to encourage self-care and to promote health. We collaborate extensively on this work with NHS partners in the UK, industry, and overseas governments and universities.

Education & Training

We offer extensive postgraduate research training, including overseeing the Imperial College Master of Public Health (MPH) Programme. We also direct the Imperial GP Specialty Training Scheme and offer academic placements to doctors who are undertaking specialty  training in general practice and public health. We also have a very  large undergraduate teaching programme in primary care for medical students on the Imperial College MB BS Programme.

World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre

The department hosts a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Public Health Education & Training, which has an active international public health and primary care research and development programme and strong links with WHO and its regional offices. These links with WHO enable us to collaborate with leading clinician, policy-makers and researchers from across the world in our academic work, and also provide a vehicle for the translation of research into practice outside of the UK. This allows people living in countries with less well-developed health systems to benefit from our work in the UK.


AwardPCPH Away Day - Queen's Club London - 20 May 2015

On 20th May, the Department held its first Away Day in nearly seven years. The afternoon proved to be a resounding success with activities around the theme "Working Better Together".

Prof Azeem Majeed warmly welcomed everyone. The afternoon began with the showcase of PCPH projects serenaded with various tunes. Small break-out groups suggested several ways of better collaboration in the future. The day was hosted by Dr Sonia Kumar, Dr Sonia Saxena and Prof Chris Millett.

The drinks reception was held on the terrace which was a lovely end to an upbeat, productive day built on the strengths of the department as it continues to strive to be its best.


PCPH Group Shot

PCPH Group Shot




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