Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Professor of Public Health



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158Norfolk PlaceSt Mary's Campus





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

Alumni talk about the BSc in Global Health

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

She also heads the Imperial Patient Experience Research Centre which leads on patient and public involvement for the Imperial Biomedical Research Centre and researches participatory approaches to improving health care quality. 

She also works as a Consultant in the Public Health at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

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She recently completed a Wellcome Trust funded research programme on the use of theoretical frameworks in the epidemiology of STI and HIV, holding a workship in London in 2014 (above) and leading to a supplement of the Journal of Infectious Diseases (open access).

Textbook: Oxford Handbook of Epidemiology for Clinicians (Helen Ward, Mireille B Toledano, Gavin Shaddick, Bethan Davies, Paul Elliott, Oxford University Press, May 2012)

Watch Helen's inaugural lecture from 2011, Hustling for Health.



  • EIT-Health (EIT KIC funding awarded in Dec 2014 to a large consortium including Imperial College, 2015-2022)
  • Patient Experiece Research Centre (Imperial NIHR Biomedical Research Centre Core Facility, 2012-2017)
  • Developing and applying theoretical frameworks in the epidemiology of sexually transmitted infections (Wellcome Trust, co-PI with Simon Gregson)
  • 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). (Department of Health and the National Institute for Health Research Health Technology Assessment Programme, 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)
  • Transforming patient experience.  (Imperial College Healthcare Charity, with Prof Chris Norton, Prof Sophie Day)
  • Centre for Patient Experience Research (core facilities award). Ward H, Riboli E. (Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust Biomedical Research Centre)

research group

PhD students

  • Rahma Elmahdi Potential barriers to HIV testing for high risk heterosexuals in population level test-and-treat initiatives (completed 2014)
  • Adamma Aghaizu The public health utility of tests for recent infection with HIV: estimating HIV incidence and determining predictors for recent infection. Joint supervision with with Dr Valerie Delpech (HPA)
  • Rahil Sanatinia (Alcohol misuse in sexual health clinics: examining the opportunities and challenges to intervention). Joint supervision with Prof Mike Crawford.
  • Sarah-Jane Anderson (The potential impact of novel pre-exposure prophylaxis products on HIV transmission). Joint supervision with Dr Tim Hallet (completed 2016).


Davies B, Ward H, 2016, A pathway to chlamydia control: updated ECDC guidance., Sex Transm Infect

Day S, Coombes RC, McGrath-Lone L, et al., 2016, Stratified, precision or personalised medicine? Cancer services in the 'real world' of a London hospital., Sociol Health Illn

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

van den Broek IV, Sfetcu O, van der Sande MA, et al., 2016, Changes in chlamydia control activities in Europe between 2007 and 2012: a cross-national survey, European Journal of Public Health, Vol:26, ISSN:1101-1262, Pages:382-388

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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