Cambridge University

Improving the health and wellbeing of our societies, together



Welcome to Cambridge Public Health. Our aim is to tackle society's most pressing public health problems through international collaboration.

From disease, to hunger, to mental health, we are working to improve research evidence, capacity building and our impact to build a better world for us all through ten interconnected pillars and themes.


Based at the University of Cambridge, an international leader in public health research, we are working across disciplines and with people to understand, develop new approaches to support better action and policies that address society’s major challenges. 


Capacity building

Our researchers come from a wide range of countries and academic fields. Their areas of interest span the social sciences, medicine, mathematics, engineering and humanities, to help us build the capacity to improve all areas of public health.



Our multicoloured, interweaved logo represents our commitment to working together, whatever our backgrounds and subjects, in pursuit of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development goals.


Latest news

Cambridge Public Health & Department of Engineering Workshop
Cambridge Public Health & Department of Engineering Workshop - 22 Nov 2021

This workshop will formally introduce Cambridge Public Health (co-led by Professor Carol Brayne and Professor John Clarkson) as part of the School of Technology and highlight opportunities for potential links and collaborations across Engineering, Public Health and beyond. We are planning a series of presentations by Engineering colleagues on their research followed by an open discussion about how potential connections can be developed.

Short talks include:

Latest blog post

Moving beyond the health inequalities rhetoric
Moving beyond the health inequalities rhetoric

Health data generated during the Covid-19 pandemic continue to confirm that socioeconomic status directly affects a patient’s odds of survival. Certain ethnicities, as well as people from poorer areas of the UK and the elderly and frail, tend to fare worse — both in terms of infection rates and deaths. An obviously important question, however, is why? — What makes people from these backgrounds at greater risk of illness and death, and is this unique to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic?