Dr Ranjit Khutan

Dr Ranjit Khutan

Head of Department - Public Health

  • Email address R.Khutan@wlv.ac.uk
  • Phone number 01902 321145
  • Location MC308 Millennium City Building, Wolverhampton, Wulfruna Street, WOLVERHAMPTON, WV1 1SB.
  • Faculty Faculty of Education Health & Wellbeing
  • Areas of expertise

    Public Health, Health Promotion, Arts & Health, Health Leadership and Change Management, and Qualitative Research Methods.

Dr Khutan is a Principal Lecturer (Head of Department: Public Health) and leads the academic team in the public health subject area.  He ensures that the management, review, learning outcomes and assessment of programmes in the subject area comply with the strategic framework of the UK Quality Assurance Agency, 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, and assists with the implementation of the Faculty’s internationalisation strategy.

Dr Khutan teaches at all levels and supervises Masters and Doctoral level student research.  His areas of expertise 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 human 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 prisoner public health and reducing recidivism through improvements to their health and wellbeing, the use and effectiveness of the arts in public health and how these activities can be evaluated, and public health issues (in particular dementia) within South Asian communities.

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), he assists other universities as an external examiner, and has assisted universities with their public health programmes as an external consultant and advisor. In partnership with colleagues at the Indian Institute of Public Health and the Sri Ram College of Commerce at Delhi University, he leads on the delivery of a study and cultural awareness course in India for University of Wolverhampton students, which takes place in September each year.

  • Improving public health outcomes for offenders/prisoners - reducing recidivism through improvements to health and wellbeing.
  • Public health issues within the South Asian community.
  • The use and evaluation of the arts in public health.
  • Evaluation of services – process, impact and outcomes.
  • Fellow of the Royal Institute of Public Health
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce
  • PhD - University of Manchester (Use and Effectiveness of Applied Theatre when used as a Public Health Tool in Prisons: Critical Discourse Analysis)
  • MSc Health Promotion - Birmingham City University 
  • Master of Public Health (MPH) - University of Wolverhampton
  • Postgraduate Certificate Teaching and Leaning in Higher Education - University of Wolverhampton
  • Postgraduate Diploma Health Promotion - Birmingham City University
  • Postgraduate Certificate Health and Social Care - Birmingham City University
  • BA (Hons) Russian Studies - University of Essex


  • Bakre, A. T., Chen, R., Khutan, R., Wei, L., Smith, T., Qin, G., Danat, I. M., Zhou, W., Schofield, P., Clifford, A., Wang, J., Verma, A., Zhang, C. and Ni, J. (2018) “Association between fish consumption and risk of dementia: a new study from China and a systematic literature review and meta-analysis,” Public Health Nutrition. Cambridge University Press, pp. 1–12.
  • Ubrurhe, Tejiri & Khutan, Ranjit (2016) Factors influencing Men’s decision to undergo Prostate Specific Antigen Testing: Qualitative Study. African Journal of Public Health.
  • Khutan, Ranjit (2010). Innovative Approaches to Teaching Communication Skills in “Interdisciplinary Communication Studies.” Ed. Karen Bryant. London, Routledge.
  • 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:

  • “Public health in India: outcomes of an overseas study programme for public health students at the University of Wolverhampton.” Poster presentation, Faculty of Public Health Annual Conference 2017, Telford, UK.
  • “‘Out’ at work: a public health concern. Developing a supportive working environment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender staff at the University of Wolverhampton.” Poster presentation, Faculty of Public Health Annual Conference 2017, Telford, UK.
  •  “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


  • Associate Dean & Director of the Institute of Community & Society (Interim) – Sep 2017 – Mar 2018.
  • Senior Lecturer (Public Health) - University of Wolverhampton. Sep 2001 - Sep 2009.
  • Visiting Lecturer (Community Health Development) - Birmingham City University. Sep 1999 – Sep 2001.
  • Patient and Public Involvement Manager - Birmingham Specialist Community Health NHS Trust. Sep 2000 - Sep 2001.
  • Community Development Project Manager - Birmingham Community Health NHS Trust. Oct 1998 – Sep 2000.
  • Senior Health Promotion Specialist (sexual health) - Birmingham Community Health NHS Trust. Mar 1996 - Oct 1998.



  • Sep 2019 – present - Director (& Specialist Register Assessor) UK Public Health Register – www.UKPHR.org
  • Sep 2018 – May 2020 - Board Member, Healthwatch, Wolverhampton.
  • Oct 2018 – present - Audience Development Board Ambassador (BAME communities) The Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton.
  • Aug 2018 – present - Honorary Consultant Public Health (non-medical Academic) Public Health England.
  • Mar 2017 – present - Artistic & Quality Assessor (arts & health) The Arts Council England.
  • Mar 2016 – present - Audience Development Board Ambassador (BAME communities) The Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford.
  • Apr 2004 – Present - Justice of the Peace Wolverhampton Magistrates Court.
  • Jan 2008 – Mar 2011 - Non-Executive Member Regional Committee, The National Trust.

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