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Academic Public Health

The Academic Public Health Special Interest Group was established in 2022 to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, knowledge and information about academic public health training and career development across the four nations of the UK. The priorities of the SIG are to support academic public health training, development and careers.

Specifically, the SIG aims to:

  • Provide opportunities for networking and peer support (inclusive of current registrars, registrars OOP, consultants, and other public health professionals).
  • Advocate for equal access to academic development opportunities during public health speciality training.
  • Bring together academic public health professionals (including trainees) into a focal point, accessible to all, which can act as a vessel for dissemination of opportunities/events and knowledge exchange.

The SIG works with the FPH, particularly the Academic Research Committee (ARC) to:

  • Support the work of the Academic Research Committee by broadening its reach and extending access to an audience that better reflects the diversity of the UK academic public health community.
  • Build capacity for public health research in the UK.
  • Bridge the gap between research and implementation in UK public health.
  • Promote collaboration and sharing of experience/knowledge between institutions and professionals, thus reducing inequalities in training and academic opportunities across the UK


The Academic Public Health Special Interest Group is chaired by Joanna McLaughlin, Cat Pinho-Gomes and Seb Walsh. We hold regular online events – please see the FPH events page for details. Please contact if you would like to join our meetings, or to present your work. Please note that in order to join any SIG you are required to be a member of the Faculty of Public Health.

Join the SIG

FPH members can join this SIG by logging into their FPH members’ portal account, selecting the ‘Committees/SIGs’ button and choosing the correct SIG. You will then be asked to provide a few details, following which your application will be automatically approved. Further details on FPH membership are available here.

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