Population Health

Lead Prof Ruoling Chen

Understanding the causes and progression of diseases and health inequality are essential to prevent diseases and improve health care amongst patients and populations. Professor Ruoling Chen has built up and led this population health research group to seek to address these and other health challenges. The group consists of academic and research staff, and focuses on developing high quality research to address these and other public health challenges. Our main objective are to:

  • Carry out high quality research to improve population health
  • Develop high quality research proposals for external bid applications,
  • Develop research capacity and capability in population-based health research by mentorship of affiliate members and support of PhD and Professional Doctoral student members,
  • Apply advanced methods of medical statistics into all stages of health research from study design, data collection, analysis, and reporting, and
  • Support high impact peer- reviewed papers for publication and dissemination.

Our research areas include: Public health and Epidemiology, Global health, Health inequality, Dementia epidemiology and care, Mental health in young and older people, Public health behavioural change intervention, Self-management of chronic health conditions and large health survey and clinical data analysis. Our research, supported by prestigious research grants (e.g., The BUPA Foundation UK, and European Commission H2020-MSCA-IF), have produced high impact publications, eg, Tang J, et al. JAMA Netw Open 2020 Jun 1;3(6):e206863; Clifford A, et al. Environmental Research 2016; 147: 383-98.

  • Zhou W, et al. Association between socioeconomic status and incident stroke in China. J Epidemiol Community Health 2020; pii: jech-2019-213515. doi: 10.1136/jech-2019-213515.

  • Danat IM, et al. Impacts of Overweight and Obesity in Older Age on the Risk of Dementia: A Systematic Literature Review and a Meta-Analysis. J Alzheimer’s Dis 2019;70(s1):S87-S99. doi: 10.3233/JAD-180763

  • Bakre AT, et al. Association between fish consumption and risk of dementia: a new study from China and a systematic literature review and meta-analysis. Public Health Nutr 2018;21: 1921-32.