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The Nuffield Department of Population Health (NDPH) was established at the University of Oxford in July 2013.

Bust of Richard Doll

It was created by bringing together leading research units whose work has had a significant impact on the way health care is delivered in the UK and around the world.

The department is based at the University of Oxford’s Old Road Campus, in the Richard Doll Building which is named after leading epidemiologist, Professor Sir Richard Doll, and the Big Data Institute/Nuffield Department of Population Health Building.

A new visual identity and brand name – Oxford Population Health – were introduced in 2021 to demonstrate our particular focus on population health science and our bold approach to preventing avoidable suffering and death around the world.

The head of department is Professor Sir Rory Collins.

The department is one of the largest in the Medical Sciences Division.