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University of Bristol

University of BristolThe University of Bristol is one of nine 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 Frank de Vocht and Professor Jo Coast.


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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Creating a Health Research Network to improve young people's mental health and well-being in Schools

The aim of this project is to establish a School Health Research Network among secondary schools in Southwest England which will help to improve young people's mental health and well-being.
If you are interested in more information about the Network or your local authority / school would like to take part, please email

April 2020 - March 2022

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Approaching evaluations of public health interventions to tackle obesity from a complex systems perspective

This project aims to develop and use systems theory to describe the complexity of the public health dietary behaviour and obesity system in relation to commercial food systems.

1 October 2018 - 28 February 2022



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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