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What is Evidence-Based Medicine?

Evidence-Based Medicine is the development and use of current best evidence in making better healthcare decisions.

However, patients and the public are being let down by serious flaws in the creation, dissemination, and implementation of medical research. Too many research studies are poorly designed or executed. Too much of the resulting research evidence is withheld or disseminated only piecemeal. As the volume of clinical research activity has grown, the quality of evidence has often worsened, which has compromised medicine’s ability to provide affordable, effective, high-value care for patients.

The issues a DPhil in EBM will be targeted towards include:

1) Expand the role of patients, health professionals and policy makers in research
2) Make research evidence relevant, replicable and accessible to end users.
3) Reduce questionable research practices, bias, and conflicts of interests
4) Ensure drug and device regulation is robust, transparent and independent

A DPhil may be targeted to one or more of these questions and will be addressed by a programme of work that combines a variety of different methods including both quantitative and qualitative skills.

There is scope for a DPhil student to bring his or her own research question, disciplinary focus, preferred epidemiological approach. The only requirement is that the work should aim to develop more trustworthy evidence

The Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (

The Centre for Evidence-based Medicine (CEBM) is housed within the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences at the University of Oxford and is led by the Director, Professor Carl Heneghan, who is also Senior Tutor of Kellogg College and an active General Practitioner working in Oxford.

One of the Centre’s objectives is to produce high quality, trusted research capable of changing or improving current clinical practice.

Kellogg College (

The studentship will be in association with Kellogg College. Founded on March 1st 1990, Kellogg College is the University of Oxford’s largest and most international graduate college. The College has a community of over 1100 students and is a vibrant blend of part-time and full-time graduates, following 110 programmes of study from across the University’s four academic divisions and the Department for Continuing Education. Students come from around 90 countries, making Kellogg a truly global academic community.


The Naji Foundation (

The Naji Foundation was established in 2014 by entrepreneur and philanthropist Samir Naji. The Foundation is dedicated to increasing the public understanding of scientific evidence and medicine and aims to support research and activities that work towards helping the public and policy-makers to understand the system of generating, disseminating, and using evidence for health.

The Naji Scholarship in ‘Evidence-based Medicine’ at Kellogg College is the second major award made by the Foundation to the University of Oxford.


The DPhil studentship

This full-time DPhil studentship will be supervised by Professor Carl Heneghan, Director of CEBM and Dr Ben Goldacre Director of the EBM Datalab.

The DPhil student must also be willing to participate in the public dissemination components of the CEBM, which involves giving talks to the lay public and helping to maintain the CEBM presence on the web and social media.

The CEBM and the Department offer a rich resource of epidemiological approaches relevant to the studentship, as well as a critical mass of interdisciplinary doctoral students and early career researchers who meet regularly to share ideas and emerging findings.

This award will cover tuition and college fees (up to Home/EU level) and provide a bursary to support the student.

The deadline for applications for this studentship is 12:00 noon on Tuesday October 31st 2017 and successful applicants will be expected to start in the programme in January 2018. Please be aware that due to system restrictions the application form will be for an October 2018 start; this will be altered to a January start after your application has been submitted. It is important that the successful applicant works with the Department and College to ensure admission is completed in a timely manner.

Please apply through the University of Oxford website: Please note that the name of the programme is DPhil in Primary Health Care and NOT DPhil in Evidence-Based Health Care.

When applying, please quote reference: NAJIEBM17 in the section “Departmental Studentship Applications”.

If you have any questions about the project please contact Professor Heneghan; for questions about the application process, please contact Daniel Long in the first instance.