Steven Oliver
Senior Lecturer in Population Health



  • Trained in Medicine at the University of Nottingham (BMedSci First Class (Hons), 1987; BMBS, 1989)
  • MSc in Public Health (Newcastle, 1997)
  • CCST in Public Health Medicine (2000)
  • PhD in Epidemiology (Bristol, 2002)
  • Member of the RCP (1992) and FPHM (1998); Fellow of the FPH (2008) 

External Roles

  • Haematological Cancer Epidemiology Lead, Northern & Yorkshire Cancer Registry and Information Service (NYCRIS), currently part of Public Health England
  • Accredited trainer for the NHS training scheme for Public Health

Departmental roles

  • Academic Lead for HYMS MBBS Curriculum Review
  • Chair of the HYMS Library Committee
  • Chair of the Academic Sub-Committee of the Yorkshire and Humber Deanery Public Health School
  • Member of the Yorkshire and Humber Deanery Public Health School Board
  • Member of the Library Committee of the Universities of York and Hull
  • Member of the HYMS Examination Working Party
  • Member of the HYMS Board of Examiners
  • Member of the Department of Health Sciences Graduate Studies Board
  • Member of the Department of Health Sciences Education Activity Strategy Team
  • Member of the Centre for Health and Population Sciences (CHaPS)



In 2008 I became the Epidemiology Lead for Haematological Malignancies for the Northern and Yorkshire Cancer Research and Intelligence Service (NYCRIS) which is the national lead for these cancers within the National Cancer Intelligence Network (NCIN). I have developed a work programme based on the analysis of routine data sets that is now beginning to mature both in terms of individual publications but also as the basis for research grant applications.

Since 1999 I have been closely involved in the design and management of a number of inter-related research projects into the aetiology, detection and treatment of prostate cancer. This work has centred around the ProtecT study, a large (113,000 men) multi-centre RCT of treatment for localised prostate cancer.


Steven would be interested in supervising PhDs in the following areas: cancer epidemiology, evaluation of cancer services.


Full publications list



Curriculum Design and Development:

Since my appointment to HYMS in 2003 I have led the development and delivery of a longitudinal theme within the curriculum on ‘Population Health and Medicine’, this incorporates epidemiology, statistics
and public health. In addition I have been the driving force behind one of three ‘Theme Clusters’ within the course, covering public health, evidence-based medicine, health economics and service improvement. These disciplines, which can sometimes be marginalised within undergraduate medical courses, have a high profile within the HYMS curriculum and I am proud of the contribution I have made to achieving and maintaining this. I have worked successfully with colleagues in other disciplines to integrate Public Health teaching with other learning and to develop teaching within system blocks. 
I have developed and delivered Student Selected Components on ‘Hitting the Headlines (appraising medicine within the media)’ and ‘Medical Management’.

I am now the Academic Lead for the HYMS MBBS Curriculum Review, leading a two-year programme to improve the five-year undergraduate course.




Curriculum Design and Development:

I have also designed and delivered modules on the University of York MPH on clinical epidemiology and public health intelligence. This has included developing a new problem-based learning module ‘Public Health Information in Practice’ which incorporated a number of aspects of adult learning that I have learned through experience with HYMS.

External activities

Editorial duties


  • Cancer Epidemiology
  • British Medical Journal
  • British Journal of Urology International
  • International Journal of Epidemiology



  • National Medical Research Council Singapore
  • NIHR Research for Patient Benefit Programme
  • Prostate Cancer Charity

Invited talks and conferences

  • Yorkshire Philosophical Society, York, January 2013. ‘Bicentenary of York’s pioneer of epidemiology and anaesthetics’ 
  • Meath Foundation Tercentary Anniversary Conference, Dublin, October 2003. ‘Prostate cancer screening.’ 
  • Progress and Controversies in Oncological Urology VII, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, October 2002. ‘Prostate cancer mortality and screening.’ 
  • Clinical Aspects of Protein Assays 2001, University of York, September 2001, 'The use of tumour markers in population screening - the necessary attributes.'


Contact details

Dr Steven Oliver

Tel: 01904 32(1339)