Centre for Primary Health and Social Care

The Centre for Primary Health and Social Care aims to deliver high-quality research and education to inform and support communities in the delivery of health interventions, health policy and practice in the UK and internationally. We conduct qualitative and quantitative research in a number of areas relating to health and social care with a multidisciplinary and international approach. Our team’s areas of expertise include:

  • public health
  • epidemiology
  • health studies
  • medical humanities
  • urban health
  • participatory research
  • policy analysis

The Centre is committed to research that makes a significant impact on people's lives and wellbeing. Working from a broad health perspective we collaborate with a range of partners in the UK and in other countries to strengthen the links between evidence, and the policy and practice contexts of healthcare delivery.

Much of the Centre’s research focuses on contemporary health and social care issues in its social, cultural, political and economic context, promoting quality of life and wellbeing, and challenging barriers to social exclusion. Some of the themes we tackle include:

  • cancer
  • aging and well-being
  • dementia
  • urban migrant health
  • mental health
  • substance misuse

We welcome applications for full-time or part-time MPhil/PhD research degrees, and are happy to discuss research proposals if you are a prospective doctoral student in the health area. You can get in touch with us and find out more on our Research Degrees and courses webpage.

For more information on our events, visit the news items from the Centre and our Facebook page.

Contact us:
Centre for Primary Health and Social Care
London Metropolitan University
Tower Building, Room BEU1-09
166-220 Holloway Road
London N7 8DB
United Kingdom

Research areas

Our researchers and their areas of expertise include:

Dr Yolanda Eraso

  • female cancer
  • women’s health
  • medical humanities
  • qualitative studies

 Dr Olive McKeown

  • dual diagnosis (mental health and substance misuse)
  • mental health and wellbeing
  • mindfulness and mental health

 Dr Livingstone Musoro

  • urban health
  • urban health data systems
  • international migration and healthcare staffing
  • urban migrant health
  • globalisation and health

Dr Snorri Rafnsson

  • epidemiology
  • systematic reviews
  • social gerontology
  • non-communicable diseases
  • ethnicity and health

 Justin Webb

  • behaviour change
  • intervention development
  • lifestyles in cancer survivors, mixed methods


Prof Suman Fernando
Honorary Professor for Mental Health

Prof Eileen O'Keefe   
Emeritas Professor of Public Health

PhD students

Maja Myhre 


Events from the Centre for Primary Health and Social Care

Staff associated with the Centre for Primary Health and Social Care

Students associated with the Centre for Primary Health and Social Care

Yuba Raj Baral

International Health and Health Research Policy, PhD

"Before joining London Met as a research student, I worked as a lecturer with the Population Gender and Development Programme in Pokhara University, Nepal, and was involved with various public health-related research projects in Nepal."

Courses associated with the Centre for Primary Health and Social Care

Health and Social Care - BSc (Hons)

Develop the confidence, knowledge and skills required for a career in health and social care. The programme is aligned to the standards specified by Skills for Health (the Skills Council for the NHS). Once you've successfully completed the course you'll be able to demonstrate to employers how your advanced skills conform to the National Occupational Standards.

Health and Social Policy - BSc (Hons)

You'll study contemporary issues in planning and providing health and social care and will be taught by lecturers who are world-leading researchers. The course will prepare you for careers in the health and social care fields in the National Health Service (NHS) or in other health sector bodies.