Public Health and Prevention Economics Research

The Public Health and Prevention Economics Research Group (PHERG) is part of the Centre for Health Economics and Medicines Evaluation (CHEME) within the School of Medical and Health Sciences and part of the multidisciplinary Bangor Institute for Health and Medical Research (BIHMR) group. Our research adopts a life-course model applying methods of health economics evaluation to trials and other study designs in the evaluation of public health and psychosocial interventions at both programme and system level. Our research has application within the NHS, within third sector organisations, and within Government. Much of our research is funded by NIHR, HTA, charities, and Welsh Government.

COVID-19 related research and policy support activities

PHERG staff, together with staff at the North Wales Centre for Primary Care Research, as part of BIHMR and Health and Care Economics Cymru (HCEC), are providing rapid review support to theWales COVID-19 Evidence Centre.

Meet our core staff working with Professor Edwards  

  • Professor Rhiannon Tudor Edwards is Professor of Health Economics and the founding Director of health economics research at Bangor University and Co-Director of CHEME, and Co-Director of Health and Care Economics Cymru (HCEC)
  • Bethany Anthony is Research Officer in Health Economics with an interest in primary care.
  • Dr Ned Hartfiel is Research Officer in Health Economics and Co-Lead for the CHEME Social Value Hub.
  • Dr Victory Ezeofor is Mathematical/Statistical Modeller in Health Economics.
  • Dr Catherine Lawrence – Reader Support and Specialist Mentor (students).
  • Ann Lawton is CHEME Administrator and Administrator for Health and Care Economics Cymru (HCEC).
  • Dr Llinos Haf Spencer is Research Officer in Health Economics with an interest in PPIE and use of Welsh language in research.
  • Dr Holly Whiteley is Research Officer in Health Economics with an interest in the economics in well-being, health and environmental sustainability.
  • Abraham Makanjuola is Research Officer in Health Economics with an interest in social prescribing, social return on investment and evidence-based policy.
  • Kalpa Pisavadia is a Research Officer
  • Jacob Davies is a Research Office

Meet our associate members of the Public Health and Prevention Economics Research network working across Bangor University and BCUHB 

Blog: My story as a researcher


PGR students

  • Sharon Hadley, Oxford Mindfulness Centre
  • Seow Tien Yeo
  • Stephen Robson

Postgraduate research opportunities/scholarship

  • Two funded PhD studentships in public health economics at PHERG in conjunction with Hywel Dda University Health Board:
    • Capturing wider value creation in the local economy by the Hywel Dda University Health Board
    • The economics of rural healthcare provision: Hywel Dda University Health Board
  • MRes Health Economics


  • Medical students at Bangor.
    • Rhiannon offers student selected component (SSC; 2nd to 4th year) a ‘Public health and prevention economics research across the life-course’ experience project. The aim of the project is to introduce medical students to principles of public health, the importance of preventative health care, and health economics. This project takes a life-course perspective on public spending on health and social care. Eighty percent of non-communicable disease is preventable. Doctors of the future will need to focus on primary, secondary and tertiary prevention to promote health, well-being and well-becoming through the life-course. Students will gain experience in critical appraisal of published economic evaluation studies in this area to support evidence-based medicine and policy. Students will have an opportunity to join the Public Health and Prevention Economics Research network at CHEME:
  • Rhiannon offers bespoke lectures on public health economics and related topics:

Methodology of public health economics

Health economics of well-being and well-becoming

Research projects and collaborations through the life-course

Early years and childhood

Adolescents and young people

Working age

Older age – living well for longer

Where and how we die well

Evaluation of medical devices and technologies

Economic evaluation of sight loss and sight preserving surgery