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Research Interests

  • Prevention and control of cardiovascular diseases and of diabetes in South Asians
  • Health and health care of ethnic minority groups
  • Prevention of obesity in infants, children and adults
  • Birth cohort studies
  • Inclusion/exclusion of populations in research and information databases
  • Methods and concepts of epidemiology



  •     Professional leadership
  •     Research
  •     Teaching
  •     Public health service
  •     Scholarship

Teaching Responsibilities


  •     Teaching in the 1st and the 3rd year public health course in Edinburgh
  •     Supervision of special study projects
  •     Helping develop proposals for public health teaching


  •     Supervision of MSc and PhD students' dissertations
  •     Public health specialist training
  •     CPD crash course on the concepts of epidemiology

Current Research Involvement

  •     Bradford Birth Cohort Study (including a trial to prevent obesity in infants)
  •     RCT of Obesity Prevention in Children in Birmingham
  •     Scottish Health and Ethnicity Linkage Study
  •     Modifying health promotion interventions to meet the needs of ethnic minority groups
  •     Cross national comparisons of risk factors by ethnic group - UK and Holland

Other Responsibilities/Activities

  •     Refereeing for many journals including BMJ, Lancet and JECH
  •     Patron, South Asian Health Foundation
  •     Lothian Health Board, Consultant in Public Health
  •     Member, Migrant Health Section of EUPHA
  •     Leader: World Congress of Epidemiology 2011
  •     Lothian NHS Board's Additional Needs and Diversity Information Task Force (Chairman)
  •     Leader, first World Congress on Migration, Ethnicity Race and Health, Edinburgh 2018


  • Bhopal R S. Concepts of Epidemiology.  Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2008 (second edition) , pp 456. http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199543144.do (third edition to be published on 1 September 2016)
  • Patel KC,  Bhopal RS. (Editors)  The epidemic of coronary heart disease in South Asian populations: causes and consequences  London: South Asian Health Foundation;  2004, pp145.
  • Bhopal R, Last J.  Public health: past, present and future.  London, Nuffield Trust, 2004 , pp 214.
  • Bhopal RS. Migration, Ethnicity, Race and Health in Multicultural Societies. 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 2014.

Further Information

Work History

       Previous Appointments


House Officer and Senior House Officer posts in medicine and surgery & Trainee General Practitioner


Registrar/Senior Registrar/Lecturer in Public Health Medicine


Senior Lecturer/Honorary Consultant in Public Health Medicine


  1. Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, and Head of Dept of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Newcastle upon Tyne.
  2. Honorary Consultant in Public Health Medicine
  3. Non-executive director (Vice-Chairman) of the Newcastle and North Tyneside Health Authority, Sept 1992 - 31 March 1996
  4. Visiting professor, School of Public Health, North Carolina, USA (1996/97)
  5. Non-Executive Director, Health Education Authority, April 1998-March 1999

       Appointed to University of Edinburgh


Professor, Public Health Sciences



BSc (Honours) Physiology, UoE




MRCP (UK), Royal College of Physicians


MPH, Glasgow University


MFCM (now MFPH), Faculty of Public Health


MD, University of Edinburgh


FFPH, Faculty of Public Health Medicine


FRCP (Edin), Royal College of Physicians (Edin)


  • CBE (2001)
  • DSc (hon) (2005)

External positions

Consultant in Public Health, Lothian Health Board

1999 → …

Chairman, 1st World Congress on Migration, Ethnicity, Race and Health – Diversity & Health (MERH 2018)………..

Member, EUPHA

Chairman, Lothian NHS Board's Additional Needs and Diversity Information Task Force

Patron, South Asian Health Foundation

Leader, World Congress of Epidemiology 2011


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