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Applied Public Health and Epidemiology

Research in the Applied Public Health and Epidemiology research group led by Professor Paola Dey is characterised by methodologically rigorous quantitative epidemiological research in key strategic areas including cancer, stroke, obesity, musculoskeletal health and oral health.

The group work has close functional links with public health professionals, clinicians and policymakers. The group promotes multidisciplinary research and has a strong academic interest in bridging the population and individual clinical perspectives for improving health and wellbeing outcomes.

The group works closely with other schools in the university to support the design and implementation of innovative research projects. Current interests included the investigation of obesity related activity restrictions, strategies to improve cancer awareness, the epidemiology of lower limb problems.

Expertise & Subject Areas

Cancer, stroke and musculoskeletal epidemiology screening.


  • Development of Lancashire and South Cumbria Cancer Network strategy in cancer awareness, early detection and referral
  • Contributed to the development, implementation and evaluation of national frontline staff cancer awareness toolkit

Publications and Outputs

Sutton CJ, Watkins CL, Cook N, Leathley MJ, McAdam J, Dey P.
Postal and Face-to-Face Administration of Stroke Outcome Measures: Can Mixed Modes Be Used? Stroke. 2013 Jan;44(1):217-9.

Sutton CJ, Watkins CL, Dey P Illustrating problems faced by stroke researchers: a review of cluster-randomized controlled trials. Int J Stroke. 2012 Oct 23.

Thomson G, Dykes F, Singh G, Cawley L, Dey P.A public health perspective of women's experiences of antenatal care: An exploration of insights from a community consultation. Midwifery. 2012 Feb 15.

Cook N, Hart A, Nuttall K, Simpson K, Turnill N, Allen V, Damms P, Grant-Pearce C, Dey P. A telephone survey of cancer awareness among frontline staff: informing training needs. Br J Cancer. 2011 Jul 26;105(3):340-5.

Sutton CS, Marsden J, Leathley M, Watkins C, Dey P. Changing stroke mortality trends in middle-aged people: an age-period-cohort analysis of routine mortality data in persons aged 40 to 69 in England. JECH 2010 Jun;64(6):523-9.

Selfe J, Sutton C, Hardaker NJ, Greenhalgh S, Karki A, Dey P Anterior knee pain and cold knees: A possible association in women. 2010 Oct;17(5):319-23.

Hart A, Dey P Echinacea for prevention of the common cold: An illustrative overview of how information from different systematic reviews is summarised on the internet. Preventive Medicine 2009. 49(2-3):78-82.

Callaghan M, Selfe J, Dey P. Activity associated pain in Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome: how does it inform research and practice? Physiotherapy. 2009. 95(4):321-2.

Abbot J, Hart A, Morton AM, Dey P, Conway SP and Webb K. Can health-related quality of life predict survival in adults with cystic fibrosis? Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2009 Jan 1;179(1):54.

Gale A, Dey P. Postmenopausal bleeding: a review. Menopause International. 2009;15:160-64.

Courses and Postgraduate Study

MSc in Applied Public Health


National Cancer Awareness Toolkit

This national toolkit to promote awareness of the signs and symptoms of cancer and the importance of early detection was developed by a social enterprise company in collaboration with a number of cancer networks across the country as a resource for frontline staff.

Related Research Groups

Lancashire and South Cumbria Cancer Network

UCLan Cancer Studies

Allied Health Professionals Unit

Cancer supportive and palliative care

Stroke Care

Emotions, Credibility and Deception Group

Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Weight Management Services

Related Projects

Primary Care Cancer Education

Cancer Awareness and Early Detection

Volunteer Support in End of Life Care