Dr Ranjit Khutan

Head of Public Health

Email address: R.Khutan@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 321145 Location: Wolverhampton City Campus Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Institute of Community and Society Areas of expertise: Public health and wellbeing


Dr Khutan is a Principal Lecturer (Head of Public Health) who leads the Faculty’s academic team across the undergraduate and postgraduate public health portfolio.  He ensures that the management, review, learning outcomes and assessment of programmes in the subject area comply with the strategic framework of the QAA, the needs of professional bodies and employers, and are in line with the objectives outlined within the Faculty’s teaching and learning strategy.  He also plays an active role in maintaining and developing leads to enhance the current teaching and research portfolio, assists with the implementation of the Faculty’s internationalisation strategy and generates additional income through enterprise and consultancy.

Dr Khutan teaches at all levels and supervises students engaging in research.  He has sustained and enhanced recruitment through local, national and international partnerships, engagement with our alumni and through collaboration and support to overseas students.  His specialist teaching areas include public health promotion, health needs assessment, leadership and change management, and qualitative research methods. These are closely aligned to his research interests which span the life-course whilst focussing on specific populations, settings and activities; and aim to analyse, explain and reframe discourse and evidence in public health.  Areas of interest include the use and effectiveness of the arts in public health and how these activities can be evaluated, the health and wellbeing of BAME prisoners, dementia within the LGBT and the South Asian communities, and tackling obesity within the South Asian community.

Dr Khutan has also led the Faculty in the creation of reusable learning objects for the Universities Collaboration into e-learning project (co-ordinated by the University of Cambridge), and he has assisted other universities with their public health programmes as an external consultant and advisor.

Research interests

Mindfulness and mental wellbeing

Membership of professional bodies

  • Fellow of the Royal Institute of Public Health – membership requires a postgraduate qualification in a public health related subject and 5 year’s post qualification experience in a public health position.
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy – membership via completion of an Academy-accredited programme. 


PhD - University of Manchester 2014

MSc Health Promotion - Birmingham City University 2000

Postgraduate Certificate Teaching and Leaning in Higher Education - University of Wolverhampton 2003

Postgraduate Diploma Health Promotion (Distinction) - Birmingham City University 1999

Postgraduate Certificate Health and Social Care - Birmingham City University 1998

BA (Hons) Russian Studies (2:1) - University of Essex 1995


  • Ubrurhe, Tejiri & Khutan, Ranjit (2015) Factors influencing Men’s decision to undergo Prostate Specific Antigen Testing: Qualitative Study. (TBC awaiting publication)
  • “Communication in Health” Book chapter in Interdisciplinary Communication Studies. Ed. Karen Bryant, Routledge. (2010)
  • Khutan, R. (2006) The use of the arts in men’s health work in Walsall – evaluation, mapping and future action. Culture info.org

Conference Presentations:

  • “Prisoner public health and the benefit of applied theatre” paper presentation. 3rd International Public Health Conference and 20th National Public Health Colloquium, 28th and 29th August 2013, Malaysia (accepted for presentation)
  • “Demonstrating effectiveness: applied theatre, prisoners and public health” paper presentation.  Festival of Public Health 2013: Manchester Urban Collaboration on Health, University of Manchester. 4th July 2013
  • “Creative approaches to public health in prisons: the effectiveness of applied theatre.” – Conference poster. Royal Society Public Health Conference, London, 8th & 9th September 2011
  • “The use of drama in prisons as a public health tool” – paper presentation. Health Acts Conference, University of Exeter. April 2011
  • “The use of drama in prisons as a public health tool” – Conference paper, Health Acts, University of Exeter. April 2011
  • "Does e-learning prohibit or promote the communication of sensitive subjects" Conference paper, Net2004, University of Durham
  •  “What motivates Asian people to volunteer in the NHS.”  Conference Paper, Scottish Centre for Volunteering, 2001


Previous professional experience

Senior Lecturer - Public Health, University of Wolverhampton September 2001 - September 2009

Visiting Lecturer - Birmingham City University 2000 - 2001

User Involvement Manager - Birmingham Specialist Community Health NHS Trust September 2000 - September 2001

Community Development Project Manager - Southern Birmingham Community Health NHS Trust October 1998 - November 2000

Senior Health Promotion Specialist - Southern Birmingham Community Health NHS Trust March 1996 - October 1998