Research in the Department of Health Sciences

The Department of Health Sciences is a large, multi-disciplinary and multi-professional department with over 130 active research staff, including clinical academics in public health, primary care and mental health, all supported by a highly experienced administration team, which together position us as a premier provider of applied health research. We have six core research groups; Cancer Epidemiology, Cardiovascular Health, Health Services and Policy, Mental Health and Addictions, Public Health and Society and finally York Trials Unit and Statistics which has been leading research for 21 years from within our Department.

Our mission is to build on our established world-leading research excellence and embed a world changing culture by:

  • Supporting intellectual innovation in health service delivery, policy, and outcomes research underpinned by economic analyses all carried out with the highest integrity and research governance.
  • Working in multidisciplinary teams, patients and the public, using a mix of research approaches, to deliver methodologically rigorous and meaningful programmes of research
  • Generating research impact is a routine part of what we do from the early design phase through to the completion and translation of our research.

The Department’s annual research income exceeds £8m per year with a mixed portfolio of funders including National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), charities (MRC, Wellcome, BHF) and industry. We continue to support research careers through hosting doctoral, post-doc, early and senior career and professorial fellowships.

As part of our Research Expectations, the Department, its staff and research students, collectively pursue the best possible environment to nurture research. We were delighted that our approach was acknowledged as a 100% world-leading and ranked equal first nationally in REF 2014.

The impact of our research was ranked as predominately world-leading (i.e. 80% 4*, 20% 3*) in REF 2014 and the Department continues to prioritise research impact across all our research groups

Health and Wellbeing is a unifying research theme across the University of York, including strong collaboration between Health Sciences, Hull York Medical School, the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination and the Centre for Health Economics.  Our ability to attract funding and delivery quality research and impact is enhanced through strong NHS and Social Care partnerships. 

The Department's research is highly rated and key to this success is our research leadership and prowess of our contract researchers who we support through our Contract Research Forum.

Patrick Doherty

Deputy Head of Department (Lead for Research)

Contract Research Forum

The Contract Research Forum in the Department of Health Sciences aims to bring together contract researchers and PhD students to provide training and development opportunities which will help support and enhance the role of researchers within the Department. The committee is made up of three co-chairs taking responsibility for communication, training and social events. The committee meets on a quarterly basis with an organised training and social event once a term. 

Patient and Public Involvement

The Department of Health Sciences has a committee to advise on the development and coordination of Patient and Public Involvement (PPI). The work associated with PPI has evolved and we have recently combined efforts with the Centre for Health Economics (CHE), Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD) and the Hull York Medical School (HYMS) to create a health PPI group that is also aligned with York NHS Hospitals Foundation Trust PPI group. Prof Patrick Doherty (Health Sciences) and Prof Rowena Jacobs (CHE) act as co-leads for this initiative. A shared web page is being developed to enable researchers to access more support across the many research and clinical areas. 

Health Sciences Research


Contact details

Prof. Patrick Doherty
Deputy Head Research

Tel: (01904) 321393