Dr Oliver Mytton

Academic Clinical Lecturer in Public Health Medicine

OliverMyttonEmail: otm21@medschl.cam.ac.uk

Telephone: 01223 769152

UKCRC Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR)
Department of MRC Epidemiology
University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine
Box 285 Institute of Metabolic Science
Cambridge Biomedical Campus
Cambridge, CB2 0QQ


  • MA, University of Cambridge
  • BM BCh, University of Oxford
  • Membership of the Royal College of Physicians
  • MPH, Harvard University
  • Membership of the Faculty of Public Health

Background & Experience
Oliver’s background is in medicine and public health. From an early stage in his medical training he was interested in public health and particularly the prevention of illness. He spent two years working in the Department for Health and the World Health Organisation for the Chief Medical Officer for England. Following this, he joined the public health training scheme in Oxford, as an Academic Clinical Fellow. He joined CEDAR in October 2013 as an Honorary Specialty Registrar and as a fellow on Wellcome Trust Clinical PhD programme run by the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research. In 2017 he was appointed as an Academic Clinical Lecturer in Public Health Medicine.

Current work and interests
Oliver has a long standing interest in the prevention of obesity, particularly the role of ‘population approaches’ in the promotion of healthy eating and regular physical activity. In particular he has used modelling to estimate and understand the health impacts of different fiscal measures (taxes on unhealthy foods and subsidies on fruit & vegetables). In his PhD he is focusing on ‘the other side of the equation’ – looking at physical activity.

He is working with David Ogilvie, Jenna Panter and James Woodcock looking at the impact of physical activity, and particularly active travel, on population health and well-being. He has developed a multi-state life table model to describe the effects of ‘shifts’ in physical activity on population health – that considers not only the direct effect that increasing physical activity is likely to have on reducing disease incidence but also the effect it may have on increasing incident cases if it results in people living longer (old age is the biggest single risk factor for many non-communicable diseases). He is also using empirical data from the Commuting and Health in Cambridge to describe the longitudinal associations of active travel with health (sickness absence and body mass index) and well-being; he is further exploring the associations between active travel and objective measures of adiposity using the Fenland Study.

You can read Oliver’s blog entry about some of his work here.

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