Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Professor of Public Health



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Helen Ward is a clinical academic and Professor of Public Health based in the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology. Her main research is into the epidemiology and control of sexually transmitted infections including HIV, and she was previously editor of the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections. She also works as a Consultant in the Public Health at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

She is Director of the Imperial Patient Experience Research Centre (PERC), leading on patient and public involvement and engagement for the Imperial Biomedical Research Centre and the College. PERC carries out social research on health and healthcare, with a focus on participatory methods.  

Helen is the Imperial lead for  EIT-Health a major partnership promoting innovation and entrepreneurship in healthy living and active ageing across Europe.

As Director of Education for the School of Public Health, Helen leads the development and delivery of high quality undergraduate and postgraduate education across the School. She is course director for the Imperial BSc in Global Health, and co-leads a module on anthropology in public health for masters' students.


Research Group

  • Prof Sophie Day (Visiting Professor of Anthropology)
  • Dr Bethan Davies (Senior Clinical Research Fellow)
  • Jane Bruton (Clinical Research Manager)
  • Dr Tanvi Rai (Research Associate)
  • Dr Markella Boudioni (Patient and Public Involvement Manager) 
  • Ms Maria Piggin (Patient and Public Involvement Officer)
  • Dr Kathryn Jones (Research Associate)
  • Mr Will Kendall (Societal Engagement Officer)


  • Patient Experience Research Centre (Imperial NIHR Biomedical Research Centre Core Facility, 2012-2017, 2017-2022)
  • EIT-Health (EIT KIC funding awarded in Dec 2014 to a large consortium including Imperial College, 2015-2022)
  • Developing and applying theoretical frameworks in the epidemiology of sexually transmitted infections (Wellcome Trust 2009-2014)
  • Swab-yourself trial with economic monitoring and testing for infections collectively (SYSTEMATIC): A study comparing clinician-taken versus self-taken rectal and pharyngeal samples, and separate versus pooled specimens, from each individual ((NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme, PI Dr Janet Wilson, Leeds)
  • Brief intervention for excessive alcohol consumption among people attending sexual health clinics: randomised trial (SHEAR). (DH & NIHR Health Technology Assessment, PI Prof Mike Crawford).
  • The contribution of chlamydia trachomatis to adverse reproductive health and the implications control policy. Davies BW, Ward H. (Medical Research Council Fellowship award)



Davies B, turner KME, Leung S, et al., Comparison of the Population Excess Fraction of Chlamydia trachomatis Infection on Pelvic Inflammatory Disease at 12-months in the Presence and Absence of Chlamydia Testing and Treatment: Systematic Review and Retrospective Cohort Analysis, Plos One, ISSN:1932-6203

Day S, Coombes RC, McGrath-Lone L, et al., 2017, Stratified, precision or personalised medicine? Cancer services in the 'real world' of a London hospital., Sociol Health Illn, Vol:39, Pages:143-158

Bruton J, Norton C, Smyth N, et al., 2016, Nurse handover: patient and staff experiences., Br J Nurs, Vol:25, ISSN:0966-0461, Pages:386-393

Chandrasekaran L, Davies B, Eaton JW, et al., 2016, Chlamydia diagnosis rate in England in 2012: an ecological study of local authorities., Sex Transm Infect

Davies B, Turner KME, Frolund M, et al., 2016, Risk of reproductive complications following chlamydia testing: a population-based retrospective cohort study in Denmark, Lancet Infectious Diseases, Vol:16, ISSN:1473-3099, Pages:1057-1064

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