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Paul Bissell is Professor of Public Health and Dean of the School of Human and Health Sciences. Paul has a background in the social sciences, having studied economics, politics and sociology (BA Econ) as an undergraduate, followed by an MA (Econ) in Applied Social Research Methods, and subsequently a PhD, all from the University of Manchester. Most of his academic career has been spent working in an inter-disciplinary capacity in the health sciences. Prior to working at the University of Huddersfield, he was Professor of Public Health at the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR, University of Sheffield), one of the largest schools of public health and health services research in the UK. Whilst remaining an active researcher, Paul is equally passionate about learning and teaching, strongly committed to ensuring that students get the best possible experience and outcome from their studies. He was Programme Director for the Master of Public Health suite of course at the University of Sheffield from 2006- 2010 and subsequently, Director of Learning & Teaching from 2015-2017. He was also lead for the Erasmus Mundus EuroPubHealth Master’s programme (a cross European 2 year public health Masters) from 2006-2017 and led on two major re-applications for funding from EU EACEA. 

Paul was Director of the Public Health Section in ScHARR (University of Sheffield) from 2010-2014 and a member of the senior management group for over ten years. Previously, he worked at the School of Pharmacy, University of Nottingham, and maintains strong academic links with colleagues in pharmacy practice both nationally and internationally.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Medicines usage and medication adherence practices
  • Novel approaches to delivering pharmacy services
  • Social inequalities and health inequalities
  • Understanding the wider determinants of social gradient in obesity and physical activity
  • Evaluating obesity policy
  • Using advanced qualitative methods in applied health research contexts
  • Understanding the complex aetiology of psychogenic non-epileptic seizures
  • Patient and public involvement (PPI) in health care
  • Global health research and policy

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Sociology
  • Obesity
  • Ethics
  • Medicine
  • Pharmacy Practice
  • Sociological Theory
  • Sociological

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Research Output

Negotiating access to the Nigerian healthcare system: the experiences of HIV-positive men who have sex with men

Balogun, A., Bissell, P. & Saddiq, M., 1 Feb 2020, In : Culture, Health and Sexuality. 22, 2, p. 233-246 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Social Pharmacy in pharmacy education

    Ryan, K., Almarsdottir, A. B., Anderson, C., Ballantyne, P., Bissell, P., Norris, P. & Traulsen, J., 1 Jun 2020, In : International Journal of Pharmacy Practice. 28, 3, p. 295-296 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

    Exploring the Acceptability and Usability of a Novel Social Innovation to Encourage Physical Activity: The iStep Prototype

    Grindell, C., Mawson, S., Gerrish, K., Parker, S. & Bissell, P., 1 Mar 2019, In : Health and Social Care in the Community. 27, 2, p. 383-391 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Medication narratives

    Lloyd, K. C., Ryan, K. & Bissell, P., 20 Jun 2019, Encyclopedia of Pharmacy Practice and Clinical Pharmacy. Babar, Z-U-D. (ed.). 1st ed. Elsevier, p. 165-172 8 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

  • Perceived barriers to accessing Female Community Health Volunteers’ (FCHV) services among ethnic minority women in Nepal: A qualitative study

    Panday, S., Bissell, P., Teijlingen, E. V. & Simkhada, P., 10 Jun 2019, In : PLoS One. 14, 6, 17 p., e0217070.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 4 Citations (Scopus)


    • 1 Membership of council

    Medical Research Council (External organisation)

    Paul Bissell (Member)

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    Press / Media

    Research Project Explores how Obesity is Linked to Social Class

    Paul Bissell


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment