Evaluation of Population Interventions in Dietary Public Health

Current/previous studentships in the  Evaluation of Population Interventions in Dietary Public Health programme:

  • The determinants and outcomes of home food preparation (This project included a systematic review, a qualitative interview study, and secondary analysis of data from a cohort study.)
  • Evaluation of the tax on sugar-sweetened beverages in Barbados. (This project evaluates the impact of the tax on price and sales (using quantitative methods), and develop an understanding of how the tax came to be implemented (using qualitative methods).)
  • Exploration of inequalities in diet. (This studentship is exploring socio-economic and ethnic inequalities in dietary intake and dietary patterns in a range of data sources.)

Examples of possible future topics for doctoral research:

We are interested in exploring the effectiveness, acceptability and equity of low-agency population dietary public health interventions. These are interventions that do not require particular effort or engagement from individuals from them to benefit, and that are available to whole populations irrespective of their current risk of disease. Examples include restrictions on marketing of less healthy foods, food taxes and subsidies, and planning restrictions on new takeaway outlets.

Doctoral projects might involve primary evaluation of actual interventions, using natural experimental methods and both quantitative and qualitative data; evidence synthesis of previous research in order to develop theory of how and when interventions of this type achieve their effects; or preliminary work developing new interventions, or epidemiological analyses exploring population determinants of diet and food related behaviours.

For more details see www.cedar.iph.cam.ac.uk/research/dietary-public-health/population-interventions or contact Dr Jean Adams jma79@medschl.cam.ac.uk