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Public engagement

public engagement: statins

what is public engagement?

Public engagement describes the myriad of ways in which the activity and benefits of higher education and research can be shared with the public. Engagement is by definition a two-way process, involving interaction and listening, with the goal of generating mutual benefit.National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement


The definition and purpose of public engagement varies across different funders, sectors and organisations. Our definition is guided by the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement which was set up to formalise and embed public engagement as a valued and recognised activity within the UK higher education sector. 

Public engagement is all about creating a constructive dialogue with members of society with the aim to increase transparency and trust in science and research.


At Oxford Population Health, we are continually developing innovative, interactive and engaging activities to share our research with local and global audiences aiming to raise awareness and spark conversations around our work and scientific achievements. Take a look at some of our online and offline activities.

Discover why clinical trials are so important in answering question about healthcare.

Find out about statins, cholesterol and muscle symptoms.

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Science with Sanjula podcasts

Listen to enlightening conversations with leaders in global health.

Explore more of our science through films, talks and articles that shed light on the world of population health research: Explore Science!

public engagement activity exploring how big data is used in health research.


This activity explores how scientists use big data to produce reliable information and solve puzzles in human health.

public engagement game exploring the link between cholesterol and cardiovascular disease.

Make Sam Well

This family game explores how to live well and the link between cholesterol and cardiovascular disease.

public engagement activity to explain the role of statins in health.

Don't lose your balls!

This interactive group activity is designed to explain statins and their role in our health.

Work experience

Each year we offer students an opportunity to shadow groups working on different population health projects and gain an insight into various roles, such as epidemiologist, researcher, research assistant, health economist and communications officer.