Our mission is to deliver world-class research, engagement and training that advances primary care, influences health policy and develops professional skills for the delivery of better health care in the community.
We teach elements of the undergraduate programme in medicine including arranging placements for medical students in GP practices. Our teaching is consistently ranked very highly by Oxford undergraduates.
Our research is internationally excellent. Our department was ranked the top centre for primary care research in the UK in the 2014 national Research Excellence Framework exercise. We were similarly judged a top centre on our 1996–2008 assessments, so have been one of the world’s most important primary care centres for almost 20 years.
Our research is led by internationally renowned scientists; several of whom are practicing GPs. We cover the broad range of issues that you might expect to consult your GP about including cardiovascular and metabolic disease, infectious diseases and childhood illness, diet, smoking and alcohol-related issues, and cancer. We also focus on understanding and improving the experiences of patients, big data, digital health and innovations and international health.
Our research is very quickly translated into improvements in patient care. In just the past 5 years our research has changed NICE clinical guidelines in many areas, including research that has identified early signs of serious illness in children, enhanced the diagnostic pathways for diabetes, heart failure and for hypertension, improved the recognition and treatment of stroke risk in atrial fibrillation, and altered health policy on smoking cessation to name but a few.
We have methodological expertise in clinical decision making and diagnostics, clinical epidemiology, medical statistics, modeling, qualitative research and clinical trials. And we are host to several important research centres, including:
- NIHR School for Primary Care Research
- Oxford Centre for Evidence Based Medicine
- UK Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Group
- Health Experiences Institute with Green Templeton College
- National Institute of Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (NIHR CLAHRC) Oxford
- NIHR Diagnostic Evidence Co-operative Oxford
We provide a highly supportive environment for postgraduates whether they are registered for a DPhil, enrolled on one of our short courses or the Evidence Based Health Care programme. We welcome domestic and international students to join our experienced and enthusiastic teachers, mentors and supervisors in aspirational study and research.