Ian Harvey


  • 2.14 Elizabeth Fry Building

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Personal profile

Administrative Posts

  • Executive Dean for the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Head of the Population Health group within MED
  • Member of the UEA Research Executive
  • Senate member, and member of UEA Senior Management Team
  • Member of UEA Full Economic Costing Working Group and Contract Research Staff working group

Research Group or Lab Membership

Member of the Evidence Based Practice research theme

Areas of Expertise

Epidemiology and public health; health policy; evaluation of effectiveness of health treatments; rationing of health care.

Academic Background

  • Qualified in medicine from the universities of Cambridge (BA) and Wales (MB BCh) in 1982


  • Worked in hospital medicine and general practice in South Wales (1982-86) before becoming Wellcome Trust lecturer in Clinical Epidemiology in Cardiff in 1986. Completed MRCP and MFPH during this period.
  • Appointed as Clinical Senior Lecturer in Cardiff in 1990 and then in the Department of Social Medicine in Bristol in 1992. Awarded his PhD in 1996
  • Appointed as Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at UEA in 1998
  • Now leads the Population Health group within UEA of over 30 staff and is Deputy Chair of the MRC Health Services and Public Health Research Board. He is also on the Epidemiology and Public Health panel for the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise
  • Executive Dean for the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (2008)

Key Research Interests

My principal research interests lie in undertaking methodological and practical developments in the design and execution of pragmatic randomised clinical trials across a wide range of clinical areas. Many of these trials have been in primary care settings. Clinical areas have included eradication of helicobacter pylori among screen detected subjects; counselling and other psychological interventions in primary care; use of leukotriene antagonists in asthma management; support for carers of patients suffering from dementia; skill mix issues in health and social care; medication review by pharmacists; and screening for osteoporosis.

We are currently developing a new-build £3.5M Clinical Research and Trials Unit as a shared facility with our NHS partners. This will contain both a bedded clinical investigation unit as well as an ambulatory facility. The Unit will provide infrastructure and expertise in all areas of trial design and management.

Teaching Interests

  • Member by assessment of the Higher Education Academy
  • Works with colleagues in the development of an innovative approach to teaching epidemiology, medical statistics and public health, especially within the undergraduate medical degree curriculum, but also within the taught Masters programme
  • Extensive experience of teaching epidemiology and public health to undergraduates at three medical schools (Cardiff, Bristol and UEA) and at postgraduate level in Cardiff (MPH) and UEA (MSc)
  • Has been undergraduate external examiner in Leeds and Birmingham and at postgraduate level in Leeds, Sheffield and Cambridge

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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