The Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences’ primary research focus is on the prevention, early diagnosis and management of common illness in general practice - particularly childhood infection, cancer, heart disease and stroke.
The department undertakes internationally acclaimed teaching and research that improves the primary care that GP practices deliver. In the 2008 national Research Assessment Exercise the department was ranked the top centre for primary care research in the UK. The department was similarly judged a top centre in the assessments 1996-2001 assessment and has been one of the world’s most important primary care centres for over 15 years.
The department's research is led by internationally renowned scientists; many of whom are practicing GPs. The research topics encompass the broad range of issues that you might expect to consult your GP about, including behavioural medicine, cancer, cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, childhood illness, infection, international health, and health experience.
The Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences also provides the academic resources for the MSc and the DPhil in Evidence-Based Health Care which are administered by the university’s Department for Continuing Education.