Professor Derek Ward

Position: Professor of Public Health

College: College of Health and Social Care

Research Centre: Health and Social Care Research Centre

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I have a dual role with academia and the NHS. For 3 days a week I am a Professor of Public Health within the newly established Health and Social Care Research Centre at the University of Derby. During the other 2 days I provide professional public health advice into the 4 Clinical Commissioning Groups across Derbyshire. Prior to taking up this joint role, I was Director of Public Health for Derby City for 5 years, firstly as an Executive Director within NHS Derby City Primary Care Trust and then latterly as a Chief Officer of Derby City Council. I also have significant experience of national and regional policy work, having been a Consultant in Public Health and a Senior Civil Servant in the Department of Health (DH).

I worked for the Department of Health for 13 years in a variety of roles across three different regions of the Country (North West, North East and East Midlands) and also in a national role in the Research and Development Directorate of the Department.

I obtained undergraduate and Masters degrees in Social Science (Psychology and Sociology with a specialist focus upon research) in the ‘90s before completing a Master’s Degree in Public Health at the University of Liverpool Medical School in 2001. I am also a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health.

Teaching responsibilities

My role is research focussed. However I teach on the Masters in Public Health at Derby University. I also teach Foundation Year 2 (F2) Doctors at Nottingham Medical School and have done so in Newcastle, Liverpool and Leicester. I am a registered Academic and Educational Supervisor for Public Health Registrars on behalf of Health Education England.

Professional interests

Research interests

  • Public Health Research
  • Health Service Research
  • Healthcare Public Health
  • Health Protection
  • Health Promotion
  • Epidemiology

Membership of professional bodies

  • 2014: Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health
  • 2012: Member of the American Association of Public Health
  • 2011: Member of the Association of Director of Public Health
  • 2008: UK Public Health Register.  Registration number 0428
  • 2008: Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health, part of the Royal College of Physicians.


  • BA (Hons)
  • MA
  • MPH
  • FFPH

Recent conferences

  • “Health: from Prevention to Recovery” presentation to at the Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioners Summit on Drugs, July 2015
  • “Successfully Campaigning and Raising Awareness - Becoming a Heart City” presentation at Cardiovascular Health 2015: Improving Public Health Outcomes, Inside Government, London, July 2015
  • Invited Speaker at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence Annual Conference 13-14 May 2014. “Moving forwards in public health: health improvement in a regulated environment”
  • Invited Speaker at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence Annual Conference 14-15 May 2013. “Returning public health responsibilities to Local Government”.

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