Skip to main navigationSkip to main content
The University of Southampton

Population Science

Child in hospital

The population science research theme encompasses academics and scientists from all four schools in the Faculty of Medicine and includes world-leading research groups in public health, lifecourse epidemiology and global health. Using statistical epidemiology methods, data science and qualitative research, our teams are committed to improving the health of populations across our region, the UK and around the world.

MRC Life Course Epidemiology Centre

Internationally renowned researchers within the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Centre (MRC LEC), directed by Professor Cyrus Cooper, use lifecourse epidemiological methods to reduce the burden of chronic disease and disability on people living in the UK and abroad. Our research particularly focuses on improving musculoskeletal health (bone, muscle and joint) by developing and testing lifestyle, behavioural and pharmacological interventions informed by our observational studies. In addition, our researchers use these findings to influence health policy.

Working in partnership with the NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Centre Nutrition theme, MRC LEC teams carry out studies on metabolic health and childhood obesity and the Centre also hosts the Versus Arthritis-MRC Centre of Excellence for Musculoskeletal Health and Work (Director Professor Karen Walker-Bone), continuing a long-established programme in occupational epidemiology.

Public Health

The Public Health group leads interdisciplinary projects to better understand the patterns and causes of poor health and to develop interventions that enhance the prevention, early detection and management of ill health. This includes work on prison health, renal disease, chronic liver disease, pneumococcal infections, and maternal and child health.

Academics within the group also contribute to the healthy communities’ theme of the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) Wessex and contributed to the public health response to COVID-19 by leading the recognition and the quantification of Long COVID.

Global Health

Supported by the University’s Global Health Institute, the Global Health group undertakes interdisciplinary research to address current and emerging transnational issues in population health and wellbeing and their impact in a wider socio-behavioural, spatial, political, cultural, environmental, healthcare and technological context.  Our researchers lead major programmes in nutrition, life course epidemiology and infectious disease.

Clinical Ethics and Law

The Clinical Ethics and Law Southampton (CELS) Group researches the ethical issues raised when rapidly advancing medical technologies are made available and considers what is needed to be ready to adapt, from the perspective of the individual, as well as healthcare and society.

Privacy Settings