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Dr Robert Aldridge
  • Wellcome Clinical Research Career Development Fellow and Consultant in Public Health
  • Institute of Health Informatics
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

Rob Aldridge is a Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Career Development Fellow at the Institute of Health Informatics. He qualified in medicine from University College London in 2007, gained an MSc in Epidemiology at The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2010 and completed his PhD at University College London in 2015. Prior to studying medicine, he studied Mechanical Engineering at The University of Nottingham and worked in management consultancy. 

Research Summary

Rob uses data and digital technologies to investigate and improve the health of the public. Rob’s research interests are broad, but he has a particular focus on making invisible populations visible by establishing the burden of disease in migrants, homeless, prisoners, sex workers and individuals with substance use disorders. Rob has validated methods to link and analyse large health and social care datasets to evaluate public health interventions targeted at these populations. Rob also has a keen interest in the development and testing of new interventions, including a recent randomised controlled trial of a mobile phone app to improve treatment outcomes for people with experience of homelessness who have tuberculosis. 

Teaching Summary

Rob is leading the development of a new MSc module in Public Health Data Science at the Institute of Health Informatics, UCL. This module will introduce students to tools and methods used in data science (including computer science, mathematics, statistics) and public health. This combination of skills will allow students to explore new and emerging data sources, provide them with training in how to think critically about these data and apply core public health skills of leadership and advocacy in order use these new insights to improve the health of the public. Rob was previously module lead for The Population Perspective Module and co-lead the development of an MSc module on Infectious disease epidemiology and global health policy at the Institute for Global Health, UCL. 

28-AUG-2015 – 27-AUG-2017 NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer Public Health Informatics Institute of Health Informatics, United Kingdom
28-AUG-2012 – 28-AUG-2015 Research Training Fellow Department of Infection & Population Health Farr Institute of Health Informatics Research, United Kingdom
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