About us

Based in Whitechapel in the heart of London's east end, the Centre aims to deliver world leading research and education to inform and support local and global primary care and public health policy.

The Centre brings together some of the UK's leading researchers, practitioners and educators in a vibrant, multidisciplinary group, including those with backgrounds in general practice, biostatistics, medical sociology, immunology, genetics, public health, nursing, bioethics and psychology. The Centre is one of the top health services research units in the UK, ranking fourth (out of 24) in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise with 65% of research outputs rated as internationally excellent or world leading. Since 2008 we have attracted further world-class senior staff.

We have programmes of innovative and internationally relevant research and education and have had a research grant income of £15 million in the last five years.

The Centre comprises


The Centre has a UK-leading portfolio of research into primary care and public health. It aims to carry out work to benefit the health of the local population, but much of its work is of national and international significance. Its work is multidisciplinary across general practice, public health, biostatistics, medical sociology, genetics, epidemiology, nursing, bioethics, political science, and psychology.

Specific projects include:

We also support research through:


The Centre for Primary Care and Public Health is committed to education in its broadest sense. Most academic staff are active in undergraduate and postgraduate education as well as continuing professional development.
Key strategic developments include the five MSc programmes, an intercalated MSci, and a new BSc in global health. Our academy includes students from across the world in medicine and social sciences who want to understand how to address the major challenges in global and public health and to develop the skills to advocate on behalf of their patients and communities. Our staff use their research as a platform for teaching and scholarship, and a core strength is interderdisciplinarity and multi-faculty working.
The Centre is also responsible for leading global health teaching in Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, bringing local connections and global knowledge to enhance student opportunities for learning. The Centre contributes to undergraduate teaching in the areas of health services, public health, primary care, community health, and ethics.
The Centre has strong links to the NHS and local health services, and engages with external staff through professional education including GP refreshers and specialised courses in priority areas such as cardiovascular disease, as well as biostatistics, systematic reviews, and clinical trials management.

  • BSc, Global health
  • iBSc Global Public Health
  • MSc, Global public health and policy
  • MSc, International primary health care
  • MSc, Migration, culture and global health policy
  • MSc, Gealth systems and global policy
  • MSc, Global health, law and governance


Muriel McAughtrie
Centre Manager
Centre for Primary Care and Public Health
Barts and The London School of Medicine & Dentistry
Yvonne Carter Building
58 Turner Street
E1 2AB

+44 (0)20 7882 2510
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