Introduction to the department
The Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences is a relatively new department, first established in 1998.
We are one of 16 departments of the University of Oxford's Medical Sciences Division. While we are predominantly a research department, we contribute teaching to the undergraduate medical course and lead the teaching and curriculum planning of the Evidence-Based Health Care Postgraduate Programme and short courses in evidence-based healthcare and qualitative research methods..
We have over 300 staff and students, admitting up to 12 DPhil students into the department each year. Our research is organised into 10 themes with more than 20 research groups and is both office and field based. We have over 90 professional and support staff, which includes a team in our in-house Primary Care Clinical Trials Unit who manage most of our clinical studies.
Around 20 percent of our staff are part-time clinicians, many of whom are GPs. Our non-clinical researchers include ethnographers, qualitative researchers, epidemiologists, health economists and statisticians.
Our department is based across three buildings:
- Radcliffe Primary Care Building, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter - our main building.
- Gibson Building, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter - home to the Clinical Trials Unit team.
- Eagle House, Jericho - home to our Clinical Informatics and Undergraduate Teaching Team (from October 2019).