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The University of Southampton
Medicine
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E.Plugge@soton.ac.uk

Dr Emma Plugge MA, MB, BChir, MSc, FFPH, DPhil, FHEA

Associate Professor

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Emma Plugge is Associate Professor of Public Health based in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton.

Before becoming a researcher, Emma qualified as a doctor and undertook postgraduate training in tropical medicine and in primary care, working in the UK and overseas as a clinician. She subsequently trained in public health and also completed a doctorate at the University of Oxford.

Her research now focuses on the health of marginalized groups, particularly the health of people in contact with the criminal justice system and the health of migrants. She is currently involved in a number of research studies investigating communicable and non-communicable diseases in prisons in the UK and internationally. Her work has a particular focus on the health of women and the meaningful involvement of marginalised groups in research.

She also works in the Health and Justice team at PHE/UKHSA as a Senior Research Fellow. She is the academic lead for the WorldwidE Prison Health Research and Engagement Network (WEPHREN), a network aiming to improve the quality of prison health research globally, brings together her interest and expertise in prison health research and international capacity building for public health.

Qualifications

MA, Medical Sciences and Social & Political Sciences, University of Cambridge

MB, BChir, University of Cambridge  

Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, University of London

Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners

MSc in Public Health, University of London

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Oxford

Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Diploma in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Oxford

Associate Professor, University of Southampton.

Senior Research Fellow & honorary consultant in public health, Health and Justice team, PHE

Research interests

Emma’s research focuses on the health of marginalized groups, particularly the health of people in contact with the criminal justice system and the health of migrants. She is particularly interested in the health of women and the meaningful involvement of marginalised groups in research.

Research projects

  • Prevalence and incidence of SARS-CoV-2 infection in prisons in England: COVID-19 Infection in Prison Study (CiPS).
  • COVID-19 measures and prisoner self-harm: critical time-trends analysis: informing policy to improve individual and institutional resilience (COPE).
  • How is cancer care best provided to patients in English prisons? Assessing the disease burden in the prison population, experiences of diagnosis and support, and of receiving and providing cancer care.
  • An Exploratory Study of Interventions for Self-Harm in Men's Prisons (PriScope).
  • Reaching the hard-to-reach: Increasing access and vaccine uptake among prison population in Europe (RISE-Vac).
  • Women Offenders Repeat Self-Harm Intervention Pragmatic Trial (WORSHIP III).
  • Women’s Social Care in Prison: Identifying needs and an appropriate service response (WoSCiP).

Research group

Primary Care, Population Sciences and Medical Education

Affiliate research group

Population Health Sciences Research group

  • Member of the Steering Committee, WHO Europe Health in Prisons Programme.
  • Member of the Editorial Board for the International Journal of Prisoner Health.
  • Member of the Prison Health Expert Panel for the national study on prison health, Nuffield Trust.
  • Member of Steering Group for the national health and social care in women's prisons literature review.
  • Examiner, Faculty of Public Health, UK.

Emma teaches on the Development and Implementation of Public Health Policies and Strategies module of the MSc Global Health and the MSc Public Health and supervises dissertations.

Emma supervises PhD students. She is an Educational Supervisor on the Thames Valley and Wessex Public Health Training Schemes and an examiner for the Faculty of Public Health Diplomate exams.

Dr Emma Plugge
Faculty of Medicine, Room AB215, Mailpoint 801, South Academic Block, University Hospital Southampton, Tremona Road, Southampton, SO16 6YD

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