Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Professor of Public Health



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158Norfolk PlaceSt Mary's Campus





Helen Ward trained in medicine at Sheffield University and is Clinical Professor of Public Health at Imperial College London. She has three decades of experience in research, education and applied public health, with an international reputation in the field of the epidemiology and control of sexually transmitted infections and HIV.


  • Imperial NIHR BRC Patient Experience Research Centre (PERC) a multidisciplinary research which carries out social research on health and healthcare and leads on patient and public involvement. (Director and PI)
  • 'People Like You; contemporary figures of personalisation', a Wellcome Trust Collaborative Award, 2018-2022 (Co-PI)
  • NIHR School for Public Health Research, (Imperial College Co-I)
  • Maximising the Impact of New HIV Prevention Technologies in Sub-Saharan Africa. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, 2018-2020 (Co-I)


  • Director of Education, Imperial School of Public Health
  • Co-Director, Global Master of Public Health, a fully online degree
  • Anthropology in Public Health Module (MPH)
  • Global Disease Masterclass Specialisation (GMPH)
  • Participatory methods for Public Health Specialisation (GMPH)
  • Social Epidemiology Specialisation (GMPH)

Board membership

Research Group

  • Sophie Day, Visiting Professor of Anthropology
  • Jane Bruton, Clinical Research Manager
  • Maria Piggin, Partnerships and Training Manager
  • Kathryn Jones, Research Associate
  • Will Kendall, Societal Engagement Officer
  • Dr Philippa Moss, Research Associate
  • Vas Papageorgiou, Research Assistant
  • Erica Crittendon, VOICE Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPI/E) Coordinator
  • Roz Redd, Research Associate
  • Will Viney, Honorary Research Associate
  • Kelly Gleason, Visiting Research Nurse
  • Theo Georgiou Delisle, Visiting Clinical Research Fellow
  • Lidia Luna Puerta, Visiting Research Student
  • Alison Perry, Visiting Research Nurse

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Rai T, Bruton J, Day S, et al., 2018, From activism to secrecy: Contemporary experiences of living with HIV in London in people diagnosed from 1986 to 2014, Health Expectations, Vol:21, ISSN:1369-6513, Pages:1134-1141

Pufall EL, Kall M, Shahmanesh M, et al., 2018, Sexualized drug use ("chemsex') and high-risk sexual behaviours in HIV-positive men who have sex with men, HIV Medicine, Vol:19, ISSN:1464-2662, Pages:261-270

Bruton J, Rai T, Day S, et al., 2018, Patient perspectives on the HIV continuum of care in London: a qualitative study of people diagnosed between 1986 and 2014, Bmj Open, Vol:8, ISSN:2044-6055

Davies B, Turner KME, Benfield T, et al., 2018, Pelvic inflammatory disease risk following negative results from chlamydia nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) versus non-NAATs in Denmark: A retrospective cohort study, Plos Medicine, Vol:15, ISSN:1549-1676

Davies B, Turner KME, Leung S, et al., 2017, 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, Vol:12, 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, Sociology of Health & Illness, Vol:39, ISSN:0141-9889, Pages:143-158

Mc Grath-Lone L, Ward H, Schoenborn C, et al., 2016, The effects of cancer research participation on patient experience: a mixed-methods analysis, European Journal of Cancer Care, Vol:25, ISSN:0961-5423, Pages:1056-1064

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

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

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

Mc Grath-Lone L, Day S, Schoenborn C, et al., 2015, Exploring research participation among cancer patients: analysis of a national survey and an in-depth interview study., BMC Cancer, Vol:15, ISSN:1471-2407

Roenn M, White PJ, Hughes G, et al., 2014, Developing a Conceptual Framework of Seroadaptive Behaviors in HIV-Diagnosed Men Who Have Sex With Men, Journal of Infectious Diseases, Vol:210, ISSN:0022-1899, Pages:S586-S593

Kim S-H, Gerver SM, Fidler S, et al., 2014, Adherence to antiretroviral therapy in adolescents living with HIV: systematic review and meta-analysis, AIDS, Vol:28, ISSN:0269-9370, Pages:1945-1956

Elmahdi R, Gerver SM, Guillen GG, et al., 2014, Low levels of HIV test coverage in clinical settings in the UK: a systematic review of adherence to 2008 guidelines, Sexually Transmitted Infections, Vol:90, ISSN:1368-4973, Pages:119-124

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