Arpana Verma

Arpana Verma, MBChB, MPH, PhD, FFPH


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Epidemiology and public health

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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 inclusive research, urban health, hepatitis C and blood borne viruses. I set up the Manchester Urban Collaboration on Health and now lead the Department of Public Health which is part of the Epidemiology and Public Health Group. 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)


Professor Arpana Verma is Head of the Department of Public Health and between 2016-2022, was the Head of the Division of Population Health, Health Services Research and Primary Care. She was Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre (2015-2019) on health metrics and is an honorary Consultant in Public Health at OHID, formerly PHE. She 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 ( She was PI EURO-URHIS 2 funded by DG Research under the FP7 programme, the Well North programme and is also the founding president of the European Public Health Association section on Urban Health and the Northern Universities Public Health Association. She continues to work with health indicators and Urban Health working as part of the European Health Information Initiative including the Global Report on Urban Health. She is public health lead of the GM NIHR Clinical Research Network, advisor to the Applied Research Collaboration-GM, and will be leading on inclusive research within the new GM Biomedical Research Centre and Clinical Research Facility. With Professor Andy Brass, she leads the i3HS Hub. She is Programme Director for the Masters in Public Health and MRes in Public Health/Primary Care, PhD programmes and BSc in Public Health, educational supervisor for specialist trainees in PH as part of the NW School of Public Health, she organised International Festival of Public Health, International Conference on Urban Health 2014 and CPD events. Her research has always involved reducing inequalities and recently, has included COVID-19 programmes of work, including work on testing, care homes, domiciliary care, occupational and other epidemiological studies and was part of SAGE/SPI-M Care Homes Working Group, Campus Management Group, Greater Manchester Testing and Universities groups. She is currently working on a number of UKPRP grants as a co-I on TRUUD investigating active transport in GM, chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of SIPHER, adviser on Act Early, and PI on a consortium development grant investigating poverty alleviation strategies (PRIOR). She is evaluating a number of different projects including Making Manchester Fairer and the urban regeneration of north Manchester. She is a co-director of policy@manchester, health lead in the Manchester Urban Institute, sits on the boards of the Energy and Global Inequalities beacons, the Creative Manchester platform, the GM Trusted Research Environment, NW Healthcare Public Health and Public Health Workforce Development Steering Groups. She is now a member of the University’s Senate. She is co-chair of the Inclusive Research Oversight Board of the Manchester Biomedical Research Centre and Clinical Research Facility. She is a member of the NIHR HDRC scientific advisory group in Blackpool.



Programme Director for the BSc in Public Health, 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

Inclusive Research

Food allergy

Community development and place based approaches

Participatory research

COVID projects

Care Homes

Domestic Abuse 

Parental Alienation and Family Courts

Health Needs Assessments and Health Equity Audits

Policy impact

Urban Health

Hepatitis C

Infection control and immunisation needs assessment

HPV programme



Cystic Fibrosis

My collaborations


Manchester BRC and CRF

EURO-URHIS 1 and 2 partners can be found on

Well North - 

WHOCC - can be found on 

Admin, Research and Teaching Staff


Masters, BSc and CPD -

I3HS Hub -


PhD students and alumni

Masters students and alumni

Internship students - see blog

Glbal Health students - see blog 

Research, Teaching and Scholarship Team

Programme Managers 2

Senior Lecturers 6

Lecturers 14

Tutor 1

Senior Research Fellow 1

Research Fellow 1

Research Associate 3

Research Assistant 2 

Specialist Trainees 2

PGR Students 10


Methodological knowledge

Inclusive Research


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, Office of Health Improvement and Disparities (formerly 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
  • Energy
  • Creative Manchester
  • Policy@Manchester
  • Health Inequalities


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


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