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University of Bristol

University of BristolThe University of Bristol is one of eight leading academic centres with excellence in applied public health research which make up the NIHR School for Public Health Research (NIHR SPHR).

The University of Bristol’s involvement in the School is led by Professor Rona Campbell, Professor Matt Hickman, Professor Russ Jago, Professor David Gunnell, Professor Yoav Ben-Shlomo and Dr Frank de Vocht.


News and Events

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Preschoolers’ eating, activity and sleep behaviours were impacted during first COVID-19 lockdown, study suggests

Parents of children (aged three- to five-year-old) due to start school in September 2020 shared their children’s experiences of the spring lockdown with academics from the Universities of Bristol, Birmingham and Glasgow.

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Evaluating the effect of individual alcohol licensing decisions on local health and crime

In the latest Institute of Alcohol Studies blog, Dr Frank de Vocht discusses how using licensing authority control of alcohol availability can have a positive impact on health and crime in a local vicinity.


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Improving the mental health of children and young people in education

The aim of this work is to identify interventions or changes within educational settings that have the potential to improve mental health outcomes and inequalities for all young people.

March 2019 - September 2020

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Mapping the child health system at a local level to reduce health inequalities

Giving every child the best start in life is a policy priority in England, yet we currently lack understanding of how to support children at a local level. To address this, we are undertaking a programme of research to better understand child health systems at a local level in order to identify opportunities for intervention.

April 2019 - March 2020

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Improving methodology for place and community-based public health natural experiments and interventions

This project will develop a new practical guide aimed at local and national public health practitioners and will discuss when (and when not) to conduct natural experiments, how they could be designed, what different methods are available for analyses, and how the results of these place-based natural experiments should be interpreted.

April 2019 - September 2020

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Implementing evidence-based best practice criteria in sex and relationship education

Following the Government's announcement to make sex and relationship education compulsory in all secondary schools by 2020, the School is carrying out work to encourage policy makers to engage with its evidence-based best practice criteria, to ensure young people receive the same standard of sex and relationship education across the country.

1 May 2017 - 31 December 2017

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Improving the health of students and staff at English academies

This project builds on previous research funded by SPHR and aims to provide an understanding of how researchers could work with multi-academy school chains and groups of free schools to implement health interventions.

February 2018 - January 2019

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Improving the evaluation of public health interventions: a focus on alcohol licensing

This project aims to develop a tool which was used to estimate the impact of alcohol licensing policies on public health and crime across the country, to see if it can be used on a smaller scale to help practitioners in local authorities make decisions around public health interventions and alcohol licensing. 

June 2017 - November 2018

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Developing a new school-based digital intervention to prevent harmful alcohol use among young people aged 13-14 years

This research aims to carry out qualitative research to underpin the development of a new internet-based intervention to prevent alcohol use and related harms aimed at year 9 students.

January 2018 - April 2019

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Evaluating Smokefree Homes Service in Stoke-on-Trent

This project aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of the Smokefree Homes Service in Stoke on Trent to see if it was an effective way to reduce children's exposure to environmental tobacco smoke and make homes smoke free.

September 2016 - April 2018



Contact information

Sophie Bacon
NIHR SPHR Administrator – Centre for Public Health                  
Population Health Sciences
Bristol Medical School
University of Bristol
Canynge Hall     
39 Whatley Road

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