Department of Health Sciences

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One of the UK's leading university health sciences departments for both teaching and research.

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Our large, multidisciplinary department offers a range of educational programmes in the health and social care field.

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Ranked joint first nationally for our research environment (REF 2014)

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Ranked 7th nationally in public health, health services and primary care unit of assessment (REF 2014).

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An exciting learning environment with a flexible programme of modules and study pathways.

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An attractive, landscaped campus with a wealth of leisure facilities, all within easy walking distance.

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PhD studentships available in a wide range of subjects.

Professor Karl Atkin, Head of Department

Whether you are looking for a career in nursing, midwifery, public health or in health research, a warm welcome awaits you from our team of dedicated staff and current students.

It is an exciting time to be studying here – in the most recent assessment of quality (REF 2014), our research environment was joint first and we were rated 7th nationally in public health, health services and primary care. Our core philosophy is that our teaching and research should improve health and healthcare through the application of evidence-based practice. Read more ...

Professor Karl Atkin, Head of Department

The Department is sad to announce the death of Professor Alan Maynard on Friday 2nd February. Alan spent much of his career at York and was a much respected scholar, with an international reputation for his work on health economics. He was one of the finest academics of his generation. To read some of Alan's seminal contributions to health policy and health economics, as well as commentaries on the many ways in which his work made a difference, see: Maynard Matters – Critical Thinking on Health Policy. Free to download here:

He will be greatly missed in the Department and was such a wonderful colleague. Obituary

We currently have two postgraduate studentships available. For more information visit

Interested in working in the Department? Visit our vacancies page for details of current opportunities.

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