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Anna Head

PhD student

Health Inequalities theme, Efficient and equitable health systems theme

University of Liverpool (LiLaC)

anna.head@liverpool.ac.uk

Research Interests

Multimorbidity, Prevention of non-communicable diseases, Social determinants of health inequalities, Decision analytic modelling to inform policy

Hear more about Anna's research

Anna's Q&A

  • What has been your career journey so far?

    After an undergraduate degree in modern foreign languages and time spent abroad as a teacher and translator, I worked in university student support and research administration before completing an MSc in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2018. After graduating, I worked in the evaluation and monitoring of maternal and newborn health programmes in low- and middle-income countries.

  • Why did you choose to do a PhD in public health research?

    Thinking about how our societies and environment influence our health is what originally drew me to Public Health. During my MSc, the use of quantitative methodology to influence health policy particularly interested me. Not coming from a scientific background, a PhD programme seemed the ideal way to incorporate further training with first-hand experience of independent research.

  • What is your research focused on?

    The focus of my PhD is multimorbidity – when someone is living with more than one long-term health problem. In particular, my interest is in how multimorbidity can be prevented or postponed, and how we can do this in a way that reduces inequalities in poor health.

  • Why is it important?

    Multimorbidity can lead to worse health and greater use of healthcare resources. This is difficult for both the individual, and our health and social care systems. As our population ages, this problem will only grow unless there is a focus on preventing diseases accumulating.

  • What do you like about being a part of the NIHR School for Public Health Research?

    The NIHR School for Public Health Research has been great for meeting other early career researchers across the UK doing similar and very different research, which feels very supportive. I have also had the opportunity to attend a variety of training.

  • What skills have you learnt and/or are hoping to learn as part of your PhD?

    In terms of ‘hard’ skills, building my understanding and knowledge of epidemiology and statistical methods is a key part of my PhD. I am also enjoying learning about collaboration within the research process, and how to effectively communicate to a variety of audiences.

  • What do you hope to do after completing your PhD?

    There is so much within the field of Public Health that interests me and that I have yet to learn about. I would like to continue developing my methodological and analytical skills through either a post-doctoral role or a fellowship.

Publications

Head, A. Fleming, K. Kypridemos, C. Schofield, P. Pearson-Stuttard, J. O’Flaherty, M. Inequalities in incident and prevalent multimorbidity in England, 2004–19: a population-based, descriptive study. The Lancet Healthy Longevity.

Head A, Fleming K, Kypridemos C, Pearson-Stuttard J, O’Flaherty M. Multimorbidity: the case for prevention. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. Volume 75, Issue 3. http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/jech-2020-214301

Huang, V., Head, A., Hyseni, L., O’Flaherty, M., Buchan, I., Capewell, S., & Kypridemos, C. Tobacco Control Policy Simulation Models: Systematic Methodological Review Protocol. JMIR Reserach Protocols. Vol. 10, No. 7. doi: 10.2196/26854

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