About the Centre for Public Health and Wellbeing 

Our vision:
Renowned for multidisciplinary practice-led teaching, postgraduate research studies and research in public health, for the benefit and wellbeing of our students and society.

Strategic areas and themes

Our mission: to advance knowledge, inspire people and transform futures, addressing the grand challenges and wicked issues in public health locally, nationally and internationally. Our strategic areas and themes are:     

  • Community development and public involvement
  • Epidemiology, complex intervention and evidence 
  • Healthy and sustainable environments
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Workforce development.


Funders include:

  • BIG Lottery
  • EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)
  • Equalities and Human Rights Commission
  • Medical Research Council
  • National Institute for Health Research
  • Public Health England
  • UK Charities
  • UK Central Government, Local and Health Authorities
  • Wellcome Trust.

Our history

There is a strong history and tradition of multidisciplinary public health research and teaching at UWE Bristol. Our MSc Public Health programme, created in 2000, lies at the heart of much of what we have achieved. Originally set up across three faculties at UWE Bristol (Health and Social Care; Applied Sciences; and Built Environment) and retaining the spread of physical science, health science and social science disciplines, this multidisciplinary Masters programme is high quality. It is accredited by the international Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation (APHEA). In addition, it is on a list of public health programmes recommended to international students by the Department for International Development (DFID) and the British Council. 

Our alumni occupy strategic positions nationally and internationally. They have made a significant difference to practice locally, nationally and internationally. Our sphere of influence continues to grow organically from the networks created and inspired between students on the MSc Public Health programme at UWE Bristol and the academic team 

We are a committed team and particularly strong in terms of our multidisciplinary approach, our focus on sustainability, our links with service and practical applications.  Six members of the centre are Fellows of the Faculty of Public Health, and we all identify as specialists in ‘Academic Public Health’.

Our ethos

We believe research should matter; that is, have value for participants and stakeholders as well as academics and funders. This is how we achieve relevance and impact.  We undertake research that makes a difference to practice. We want to influence policy. We want the public –society– to be involved in building assets in their communities, and to benefit from our work. We want to create change – we believe in social justice and equality of opportunity globally. Perhaps most of all, we want to help those in society that are most vulnerable and affected by structural inequalities across the life-course.

Research in public health and wellbeing reflects systems thinking, partnership working and synergies between different professional and academic contributions to public health. Our research is translational and aspires to contribute to real world scenarios, therefore aiming to enable ethical and reflexive contributions to policy and practice.

For more information, please contact Professor Jane Powell.

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