Realising the potential of workplace health promotion: improving health and wellbeing through a b...

University of East Anglia
August 21 2017
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Full Time
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Background and Aims: Promoting the health and productivity of the adult workforce can buffer the macroeconomic consequences of an ageing population. Workplace health promotion and disease prevention programs are an important public health response to this challenge, but the full potential of such programs are yet to be realised. Our research (see below) and that of others has recently highlighted important challenges for the field, including how to: i) increase reach to employees who would most benefit, including those at risk of chronic disease or already managing chronic disease(s); ii) improve program effectiveness; iii) design and implement programs in a way that sustains initial engagement; iv) capture program value using metrics that are meaningful to both employers and employees and that go beyond standard economic indicators such as return-on-investment. This project will initially focus on evaluation data from the workplace health service run by Norfolk County Council through their public health program. This service aims to support local employers to take action and targets occupations and areas most in need.

PhD objectives: These will be developed in consultation with the candidate addressing one or more of the challenges above, and may include a focus on a particular industry or occupation. Research will be predominately quantitative but applications that also include a qualitative component will be welcome. A systematic review often forms the initial piece of work.

Supervision and training: The candidate will join a new group in the School of Health Sciences led by the recently appointed Chair in Applied Health Research, Professor Kristy Sanderson. A tailored training program in research and professional skills is available.

This project is suitable for candidates with experience/interest in workforce health or public health research and a degree in psychology, public health, epidemiology, nursing, allied health, or other health-related discipline.

Funding notes

This PhD project is offered on a self-funding basis. It is open to applicants with funding or those applying to funding sources. Details of tuition fees can be found at

A bench fee may also payable on top of the tuition fee to cover specialist equipment or laboratory costs required for the research. The amount charged annually will vary considerably depending on the nature of the project and applicants should contact the primary supervisor for further information about the fee associated with the project.

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