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MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, Understanding and Improving Health within Settings and Organisations

MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, Understanding and Improving Health within Settings and Organisations

June 2019 studentship topics

Note: The topics below are indicative. Student-led applications/topics relevant to the Unit and Programmes (ie on related topics with different supervisors) are also very welcome.

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Understanding and Improving Health within Settings and Organisations

The home and public health
Lead supervisor: Professor Paul Flowers
Within the home, many health behaviours begin and are sustained across the lifespan; within the individual, within families and within communities (eg sleep, diet, physical activity, hydration, self-management of illness and medication use, substance use). This PhD aims to understand the importance of the home in relation to one or more key public health priorities amongst any group or populations. The PhD could use qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods to explore the role of the home in shaping determinants and moderators of key public health outcomes. It could also work towards developing home-based interventions to improve aspects of public health.

Working at home and public health
Supervisors: Dr Lia Demou and Professor Paul Flowers
Working patterns are changing; with home-, remote- and agile-working increasing. Traditional work settings have profound impact upon health for employees and beyond; far less is known about the impacts of emerging work settings. Working at home may well affect issues such as isolation, social support, mental health, sleep, diet, sedentary behaviour, and work-life balance. This studentship aims to explore this evolving workplace setting and its opportunities for public health improvement. There is scope for qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methods research and the studentship is flexible in relation to choice of public health outcomes (e.g., mental health, infectious disease, diet).

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