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Centre of Excellence for Public Health


The UKCRC* Centre of Excellence for Public Health NI is one of five Centres of Excellence established across the UK in 2008.  Its research scope embraces determinants of public health from molecules to populations, as well as public health interventions.  It was set up deliberately with an outward looking vision to connect academics to the practitioner and policy making communities.  Its partners, represented in the Management Executive and Board, include the DHSSPSNI, the Public Health agency, the Institute of Public Health in Ireland, University of Ulster, W5 and the Community Development and Health Network.  The UKCRC partnership of funders include:

  • British Heart Foundation
  • Cancer Research UK
  • National Institute of Health Research
  • Economic and Social Research Council
  • Medical Research Council
  • Health and Social Care Research and Development Division, Northern Ireland
  • National Institute for Social Care and Health Research (Welsh Assembly Government)
  • Wellcome Trust


* The UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) was established in 2004 with the aim of re-engineering the clinical research environment in the UK, to benefit the public and patients by improving national health and increasing national wealth. The Partnership brings together the major stakeholders that influence clinical research in the UK. It includes the main UK research funding bodies; academia; the NHS; regulatory bodies; the bioscience, healthcare and pharmaceutical industries; and patients.