Public health

Why public health matters

Public health is about the health of the population in collective terms. The field of public health is constantly evolving in response to the needs of communities and populations around the world.

The underlying mission of public health is to improve the conditions and behaviours that affect health so that all people can attain it. That mission includes not only the practice of public health policy, but the research of public health issues and the education of future leaders who will eventually translate that research into practices and policies to improve the health of people regionally, nationally, and globally.

One of the main principles of public health is to improve quality of care and patients’ safety, in which the University of Hertfordshire has a great interest and research expertise.

What we offer

The academics and public health practitioners at the University of Hertfordshire have expertise which covers a wide spectrum of public health and patient safety activities in research, learning and teaching, consultancy and commercial work.

The Public Health work stream brings together this expertise not only across the School of Life and Medical Sciences but also from the School of Health and Social Work and the Hertfordshire Business School as well as research centres such as Centre for Research in Public Health and Community Care (CRIPACC).

Dr Zoe Aslanpour leads the public health and patients’ safety work within the School of Life and Medical Sciences. For more information on what we do, please contact her on +44 (0) 1707 284563 or by email at

Key staff within the School

  • Dr Zoe Aslanpour, Head of Public Health and postgraduate Pharmacy Practice
  • Prof Ken Farrington, Head of Research and Development and Renal Physician at Lister Hospital
  • Professor Sam Salek, Chair in Pharmacoepidemiology and Heath economy
  • Dr Mike Page, Head of Research and Consultancy
  • Nick Reed, Organisational Development Consultant, Visiting Lecturer
  • Dr Nicholas Troop
  • Dr Jonathan Tammam, Senior Lecturer, Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Dr James Jenkins, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Management
  • Judith Naseby, Head of Division Sport Health and Exercise and Principal Lecturer in Sports Psychology
  • Maureen Brennan, Principle Principal Lecturer, Programme Tutor for Master of Public Health course (on-line)
  • Dr Nikkie Umaru, Senior Lecturer, Programme tutor for the Master in Pharmacy Practice Programme
  • Dr Mason Ghaleb, Senior Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice
  • Dr Ilhem Berrou, Lecturer in Clinical Pharmacy
  • Dr Russell Foulsham, Principle lecturer and programme tutor for Advanced in Pharmacy Practice
  • John Corkery, Research Co-ordinator
  • Patsy Edwards, Academic Link Tutor from Luton and Dunstable Hospital
  • Surinder Bhatia, Academic Link Tutor from Lister Hospital
  • Alyson Winter, Academic Link Tutor from Bedford Hospital

Studying for postgraduate qualification

Our online Master of Public Health course is tailored implicitly towards the needs of diverse health professionals including doctors, pharmacists, nurses, and allied health, social care and environmental health professionals, as well as the wider public health workforce in the non-governmental sector. The programme supports managerial, policy and practitioner career pathways.

Find out more about this course, including how to apply.

We also offer both accredited and non-accredited short courses and modules for professionals who are interested in keeping abreast of the latest developmental public health work nationally and globally.

Research and scholarly activities

In the School of Life and Medical Sciences, the expansive expertise of academics in public health translates into coverage of a wide spectrum of research interest and activities. These include:

  • Public Health and Pharmacy
  • Patient and medication safety
  • Health economy
  • Pharmaco-epidemiology

Business Support and Consultancy

The public health team at the University works closely with all the stakeholders including NHS, Local Authorities and third sectors to support improvement of population health at local, national and international level.

Public health working group

This is a committee chaired by Professor Richard Price with membership from the University as well as the Director of Public Health for Hertfordshire Local Authority, Professor Jim McManus.

The remit of this committee is to identify the areas where the two organisations can collaborate and to inform the University of Hertfordshire Public Health team of the priorities of the NHS and local authorities.

Examples of consultancy work undertaken:

  • Pharmaceutical Needs assessment for Bedford Borough 2015
  • Pharmaceutical Needs assessment for Central Bedford 2015
  • Pharmaceutical Needs assessment for Milton Keynes 2015
  • Evaluation of Healthy Living Pharmacy for Hertfordshire LPC, 2014
  • Assessment of fitness for purpose, Regional joint prescribing committee, Bedfordshire and Luton, 2012
  • Individual funding process and procedures, Bedfordshire PCT, East of England 2013