Sharon Doherty

Sharon Doherty

HU Co-ordinator / HSD Officer

School of Community Health and Midwifery

Brook Building, BB327

+44 (0) 1772 89 3761

Sharon has two roles within the Healthy & Sustainable Settings Unit, the majority of her role focuses on the development and co-ordination of a range of public health work taking place within UCLan.

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Sharon also works as a Healthy Settings Development Officer, responding to external contracts at a local, regional or national level linked into settings based work.

She has a background in the public health/health promotion field for twenty years. Her work has focused on sexual health, young people and the education setting. She has developed two Healthy Schools Programmes in partnership with Education and Health colleagues. Previous posts she has held include, Sexual Health Lead for Preston Primary Care Trust, Healthy School Co-ordinator and Health Promotion Specialist for Young People and Sexual Health.

Sharon studied Communication Studies (BA) at Sheffield Hallam University and Health Promotion (MA) at the University of Central Lancashire. She has worked as an FE lecturer in Communication/Media Studies and as an Arts Administrator/Project Manager with a community based theatre company that specialized in health work.


Dooris, Mark, Doherty, Sharon, Cawood, Jennie and Powell, Sue (2011) The Healthy Universities Approach: Adding Value to the Higher Education Sector. In: Health Promotion Settings: Principles and Practice. Sage Publications Ltd, pp. 153-169. ISBN 978-0857025456

Doherty, Sharon, Cawood, Jennie and Dooris, Mark (2011) Applying the whole-system settings approach to food within universities. Perspectives in Public Health, 131 (5). pp. 217-224. ISSN 1757-9139

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Development and Knowledge Transfer Projects

Developing Leadership & Governance for Healthy Universities

Developing a National Framework for Healthy Universities

Recently Completed
Research and Evaluation Projects

Healthy College Development, Barnsley PCT

Healthy Schools Evaluation Consultancy, Cardiff University

Healthy Universities National Research & Development Project

Capturing and Transferring Learning from HAZs in the East & West Midlands

Development and Knowledge Transfer Projects

North West Healthy Stadia Development

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Settings Theory, Policy and Practice module in Applied Public Health MSc.

Varied one-off lectures across a range of modules, often bringing in links from theory to practice, drawing on experience of working in NHS public health, e.g. sexual health, healthy schools, healthy universities, partnerships, strategic planning responding to national targets.

Communications, social marketing and arts and health expertise and interest.


External examiner, Foundation Degree in Workplace Wellbeing for Leeds Trinity University College


2002 Offered paper, International conference on nightlife, substance use and health, Rimini, Italy
2002 Offered paper, Health for All network, Chester
2003 Offered paper, Public Health Forum Conference, Cardiff
2003 Poster presentation, Delivering well-being through settings and partnerships, Preston
2005 Invited presentation, Healthy University Network, Germany
2007 Invited presentation, Place Based Sex/Sexuality and Relationships Education Conference, London
2007 Invited presentation, Healthy College Conference, Leeds
2007 Invited presentation Healthy College Conference, Bolton
2008 Offered paper, IUHPE International Conference, Turin
2008 Invited presentation, Healthy University Conference, Leeds
2008 Invited presentation, AMOSSHE conference, Edinburgh
2009 Invited presentation, AMHEC conference, Chester