Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Honorary Senior Lecturer in eHealth



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role & main research and teaching interests

Petra Wark is a nutritional and chronic disease epidemiologist with an additional background in applied statistics as well as learning and teaching.

Petra has a strong interest in the use, development and characteristics of dietary and lifestyle assessment using web-based instruments, wearable devices and apps. She is not only interested in the methodological perspective and their efficacy and effectiveness, but also in their practical application in research, care and health promotion. In addition, she remains interested in nutritional epidemiology of chronic diseases, in which area she worked before moving to eHealth. Please refer to the tab 'Research' to find out more about her research interests. You can also follow her on Twitter @PetraWark . 

Petra is also passionate about learning and teaching.  She was a founding member and co-Course Director of the International Course in Nutritional Epidemiology , led several MSc and MPH modules in epidemiology, taught on the MBBS, and has been Course Organiser & Deputy Course Director of the MSc in Epidemiology. 





Years Institution Award
2010-2012 London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching
2012 Higher Education Academy Fellow
2009 National Committee for Medical-Biological Research Training in the Netherlands (SMBWO) Registered Epidemiologist B
2007-2008 London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London Introductory Certificate in Learning & Teaching (Distinction)
2000-2007* Wageningen University, Wageningen, the Netherlands PhD in Nutrition, Food Technology and Biotechnology (nutritional/cancer/molecular epidemiology)
1995-2000 University of Nijmegen (now: Radboud University), Nijmegen, the Netherlands MSc in Biomedical Health Sciences
*whilst working on her PhD, Petra completed 15 modules (equivalent to 53 full-time weeks) in Applied Statistics and Biostatistics at MSc level at Limburg University Centre (now: Hasselt University) in Diepenbeek, Belgium. 

Posts held

Years Institution Post
2017-present Imperial College London, School of Public Health, Department of Primary Care and Public Health, London Honorary Senior Lecturer in eHealth
2014-2016 Imperial College London, School of Public Health, Department of Primary Care and Public Health, London Assistant Director of Global eHealth Unit
2009-2014 Imperial College London, School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, London Research Fellow
2005-2008 London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Non-communicable Disease Epidemiology Unit, London Research Fellow
2000-2005 Wageningen University, Division of Human Nutrition, Wageningen, the Netherlands Trainee Research Assistant
Apr-Dec 2003 Harvard School of Public Health, Department of Nutrition, Boston (MA), USA Visiting Scientist

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Navarrete-Muñoz EM, Wark PA, Romaguera D, et al., 2016, Sweet-beverage consumption and risk of pancreatic cancer in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, ISSN:1938-3207

Greenfield R, Busink E, Wong CP, et al., 2016, Truck drivers' perceptions on wearable devices and health promotion: a qualitative study., BMC Public Health, Vol:16, ISSN:1471-2458

Wark PA, Car J, 2015, Review suggests mobile phone interventions improve medication adherence; rigorous longer term studies are needed to confirm effects., Evid Based Nurs, Vol:18

Carter MC, Albar SA, Morris MA, et al., 2015, Development of a UK Online 24-h Dietary Assessment Tool: myfood24., Nutrients, Vol:7, ISSN:2072-6643, Pages:4016-4032

Romaguera D, Ward H, Wark PA, et al., 2015, Pre-diagnostic concordance with the WCRF/AICR guidelines and survival in European colorectal cancer patients: a cohort study, BMC Medicine, Vol:13, ISSN:1741-7015

Rasmussen K, Belisario JM, Wark PA, et al., 2014, Offline eLearning for undergraduates in health professions: A systematic review of the impact on knowledge, skills, attitudes and satisfaction, Journal of Global Health, Vol:4, ISSN:2047-2978


Wark PA, Peto J, 2008, Cancer Epidemiology, International Encyclopedia of Public Health, Editor(s): Heggenhougen, Quah, San Diego, Academic Press, Pages:416-424, ISBN:9780122272257

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