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Capacity Building

At Cambridge Public Health, we welcome the growing interest in and awareness of public health both as an area of study and practice, and in its importance in today’s world. Recent events have highlighted the role of public health approaches to infectious disease, inequalities and healthcare systems, prompting many people from a variety of backgrounds to question the status quo. 

Public health is all about looking at the big picture, using strategic and systems-based approaches to tackle the biggest issues in our society — the so-called “wicked” problems. We tackle health and healthcare challenges such as health inequalities, the prevention of chronic disease such as diabetes, heart disease and dementia, and how to make the best use of scarce healthcare resources.

We even address problems in other sectors such as violent crime or homelessness through the use of innovative approaches to analysis, interventions and evaluation. Public health specialists use their expertise to ground actions in high quality evidence, developing approaches that are academically rigorous and include evaluation to monitor the impact of what we do.

If you are intrigued by the potential of public health approaches, but are not sure about the next step, browse through the links to the left to find out more about how you can get involved with CPH's Capacity Building programmes.



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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:

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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?