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Population Health Sciences

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We research prevention of disease, reduction of health inequalities and optimisation of health and wellbeing for whole populations across the lifecourse, in the UK and internationally.


Our public health researchers are leading 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 and which ensure a more equitable distribution of health and wellbeing. 

Our studies involve collaboration across a range of disciplines in the Faculty of Medicine and across the University which includes epidemiology, medical statistics, health economics, geography, demography, social sciences and primary care. We also have a number of regional collaborations (Wessex Public Health Reference Group, NIHR ARC Wessex, Southampton BRC), national collaborations across the UK, as well as internationally, including in India, China, sub-Saharan Africa, Europe and North America. 

Our public health research underpins our substantial teaching commitments at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.  We believe that the next generation of clinicians and healthcare professionals should have a better understanding of the drivers to health inequalities and the scope for prevention, and of the underlying research evidence. Our teaching incorporates aspects of global health and planetary health.

People, projects, publications and PhDs


Dr Danielle Schoenaker BSc, MSc, FHEA, PhD

Senior Research Fellow

Research interests

  • Preconception health
  • Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
  • Maternal, paternal and child health

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Dr Donna Arrondelle

Research Fellow (DIGNIFIE Study)

Research interests

  • Her current research interests focus on contemporary imprisonment, working at the intersections of incarceration, dynamics of intimacy, and health justice.  
  • Research group memberships
  • Institute of Criminal Justice Research (ICJR) Members | Institute of Criminal Justice Research | University of Southampton 

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Dr Donna Clutterbuck

Research Fellow (STIMULATE-ICP Study)
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Dr Emma Plugge

Associate Professor

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Professor Kalyanaraman Kumaran

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Dr Kate Glyn-Owen DM, MFPH, MPH, MBBS, BSc

Associate Professor in Public Health
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Dr Nida Ziauddeen

Postdoc Career Track Lecturer

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Professor Nisreen A Alwan MBE, MBChB, MRCP, FFPH, MPH, MSc, PhD, FHEA, PGCAP

Professor of Public Health

Research interests

  • Public Health
  • Lifecourse Epidemiology
  • Long Covid

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Professor Nuala Mcgrath

Prof of Epidemiology & Sexual Health

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Dr Ryan Buchanan

Associate Professor in Hepatology

Research interests

  • Applied health research
  • Mixed methods
  • Network analysis
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