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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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