Usher Institute

Centre for Population Health Sciences

An interdisciplinary research hub, the Centre for Population Health Sciences (CPHS) draws together researchers, clinicians and practitioners from public health, primary care, biomedical and social sciences with expertise in epidemiology, statistics and modelling, sociology, social policy, psychology, economics, geography, health promotion, nursing and medicine.



  • To undertake high-quality research in topics of population health importance, including development of statistical, epidemiological and social science methods
  • To ensure our research is accomplished in accordance with best practice in research governance
  • To facilitate collaborative working within the research Centre (and hosted collaborative centres), with the wider University (with investigators from Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine (IGMM), Queen's Medical Research Institute (QMRI) and the Global Health Academy) and beyond, with other research partners and practitioners

Teaching and Research Training

  • To deliver taught degree programmes, in particular our Master in Public Health (MPH)
  • To offer an excellent research training environment in population health sciences and a vibrant research milieu for postgraduate students and new researchers, including supervision/mentorship


  • To continue the professional leadership that was taken by the University of Edinburgh in the late 19th and 20th century, in Public Health and General Practice
  • To contribute to NHS service, primarily through the numerous clinical and non-clinical members of staff who hold honorary NHS contracts, and through the general medical practice linked to the Centre (Mackenzie Medical Centre, West Richmond Street)
  • To share in maintaining and improving research quality and dissemination (by refereeing papers and grant/fellowship applications and by serving on) journal Editorial Boards, conference organising committees, clinical trial Ethics and Data Monitoring Committees etc.
  • To undertake consultancy; to government, the NHS, the third sector and industry.

Knowledge Exchange

  • To publish reports, papers, research briefings and books, present findings/reviews at conferences and in many other arenas (e.g. parliament, meetings of policy makers), and take part in radio and TV programmes.