Research areas

  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine


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.

Collaborators and affiliated staff

EURO-URHIS 2 partners can be found on

6 PhD students

1 research fellow

4 research assistants

3 project assistant

1 clinical lecturer

1 lecturer

3 senior lecturers

3 administrator

30 teaching assistants

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

Methodological knowledge

Running large scale multinational urban health monitoring projects

Health needs assessments

Health equity audits

Strategic needs assessments

Strategy development


Dr 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 recently designated the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Health Indicators.

Dr 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 (

Dr 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 (

Dr Verma 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.

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

Dr Verma is also part of the Community Based Medical Education team at the Manchester Medical School, and her previous role was Director for Undergraduate Studies for the Institute of Population Health. Dr 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 (

Dr Verma also holds an honorary consultant post at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and Public Health England.


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)

Research interests

Urban Health

Hepatitis C

Infection control and immunisation needs assessment

HPV programme



Cystic Fibrosis

Research profile


Undergraduate medical curriculum

Organised Manchester Medical Society Public Health Forum events

Set up a journal club at the PCTs and within research team

Run tutorials for MFPH Part A/OSPHE teaching for trainees as well as running a mock exams

Post-graduate training for public health professionals

Greater Manchester Hepatitis C Study Day 2008 

11th International Hepatitis C Conference 2009 (Lowry Hotel, Salford)

On organising committee for EUPHA conferences

Postgraduate Education

Supervising 6 MD/PhDs 

Internal assessor/examiner MDs and PhDs for University of Manchester

Teach/taught on MSc/MPH courses (virology, infection, infection control, dietetics and nutrition etc.) for the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University

Examiner for University of Sheffield MPH

External examiner for University of Birmingham

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