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Rachael Wood

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Willingness to take PhD students: Yes

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Edinburgh
Changing child health surveillance in Scotland: an exploration of the impact on preventive health care of pre-school children
Master of Public Health, University of Glasgow
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, University of Edinburgh
Bachelor of Science, University of Edinburgh

Professional Qualifications

2014Fellowship of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (by distinction), FRCPCH
2007Fellowship of the Faculty of Public Health, FFPH
2006Membership of the Faculty of Public Health, MFPH
1997Diploma of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, DRCO&G
1996Diploma in Child Health, DCH
1994Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, DTM&H

Area of Expertise

Research expertisePublic health medicine, maternal and child health, child development, epidemiology, routine data


Dr Wood works across the NHS and the University of Edinburgh.  Within the NHS, Dr Wood is a Consultant in Public Health Medicine in Public Health Scotland.  Within the University, she is an Honorary Reader in the Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences and an Affiliate Member of the Usher Institute.

Within Public Health Scotland, Dr Wood focuses on maternal and child health, and is inaugural director of Scotland's national congenital anomaly register (CARDRISS).  Her role involves development of national data, overseeing national statistics publications, providing information to support health policy and service development and evaluation, and supporting the use of Public Health Scotland data for research purposes.

Within the University, Dr Wood conducts research on maternal and child public health.  She has particular topic interests in congenital anomalies and child development.  She has particular methodological interests in the use of routine administrative data for research.

Research activities & awards

  1. Faculty of Public Health

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  2. The Chief Scientist Office Scotland (External organisation)

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  3. EUROCAT network (External organisation)

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

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Latest prizes

  1. Blacklock medal

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  2. Mackinlay prize

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  3. Thomas Anderson prize

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