Arpana Verma

Arpana Verma, MBChB, MPH, PhD, FFPH


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I qualified as a doctor from the University of Manchester in 1995. Prior to this I worked at the Manchester Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre, South Manchester University NHS Trust and in Respiratory Medicine. 

I thoroughly enjoy teaching and currently teach undergraduates and postgraduates from a variety of backgrounds. My research interestes include urban health, hepatitis C and blood borne viruses. I set up the Manchester Urban Collaboration on Health which is part of the Centre for Epidemiology. More information regarding all our projects can be found on the intranet.

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

British Thoracic Society (BTS)
Diabetes UK
Faculty of Public Health
Public Health Educators in Medical Schools (PHEMS)
European Public Health Association (EUPHA)
International Society of Urban Health (ISUH)
American Association of Public Health (APHA)
Manchester Medical Society


MBChB University of Manchester 1995

MPH (Distinction) University of Manchester 2006

MFPH Faculty of Public Health 2007 (by examination)

PhD University of Manchester 2011

FFPH Faculty of Public Health 2011 (through nomination)


Prof Arpana Verma is Head of the Division of Population Health, Health Services Research and Primary Care. She is Director of Manchester Urban Collaboration on Health (MUCH) a WHO Collaborating Centre and honorary Consultant in Public Health at PHE. MUCH is based within the School of Health Sciences in the Faculty of Biology, Medical and Human Sciences. MUCH performs high quality research, teaching and training, in the field of public health and has established links to local, national and international public health organisations ( MUCH was designated the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Health Indicators.

Prof Verma is currently the Programme Director for the Masters in Public Health and MRes in Public Health/Prim online distance learning course, which offers an innovative approach to learning, meeting the training needs for health professionals interested in a career in public health or those seeking new skills in this area ( She is also the Evaluation Lead for Well North, a collaborative programme which is developing, testing and piloting a set of linked interventions to improve the health of the poorest, fastest, in some of the most deprived areas of the North of England ( She is the teaching lead for the MAHSC Global Health theme and a board member of cities@manchester (

Prof Verma was the principle investigator (PI) of the European Urban Health Indicator System project (EURO-URHIS 2) funded by DG Research under the FP7 programme (, and is also the president of the European Public Health Association section on Urban Health (

She is also PI on a number of health service research projects, primarily in hepatitis C and blood borne virus prevention, infection control, immunisation including MMR and HPV vaccine. Many of these projects involve data linkage of health indicators, risk factors and the wider determinants of health to help understand the urban challenges to health both within the UK and globally. The most recent EU grant consists of investigating health ageing in cities.

Prof Verma is also an expert for WHO, which has led to several publications ( )

Prof Verma also runs training events for public health professionals including the Public Health Grand Rounds, Festival of Public Health and with MAHSC, the 11th International Conference on Urban Health 2014 (

She also holds an honorary consultant post at Public Health England.


Programme Director for the Masters in Public Health and MRes in Public Health and Primary Care.

Joint lead for the I3HS initiative with Prof Andy Brass leading to teaching innovations in healthcare.

Lead for Epideiology Summer School and CPD events.

Lead for Public Health teaching activities.

Research interests

Urban Health

Hepatitis C

Infection control and immunisation needs assessment

HPV programme



Cystic Fibrosis

My collaborations


EURO-URHIS 1 and 2 partners can be found on

Well North - 

WHOCC - can be found on 

Admin, Research and Teaching Staff


Masters - 

I3HS Hub


PhD students and alumni

Masters students and alumni

Internship students - see blog

Glbal Health students - see blog 


Methodological knowledge

Running large scale multinational urban health monitoring projects

Health needs assessments

Health equity audits

Strategic needs assessments

Strategy development

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 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Honorary Consultant, Public Health England (PHE)

Areas of expertise

  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global inequalities
  • Cancer
  • Digital Futures
  • Institute for Data Science and AI
  • Christabel Pankhurst Institute
  • Thomas Ashton Institute
  • Manchester Urban Institute
  • Manchester Environmental Research Institute
  • Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing


  • Public health, health protection, blood borne viruses, respiratory
  • Urban health, global inequalities


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