Heart Disease, Public Health and the Public, 1948-2010

Country: United Kingdom;

Deadline: 24.04.2015

Web-Site: findaphd.com



The Centre for History in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine invites applications for a doctoral studentship. The studentship is funded by the Wellcome Trust, as part of Dr Alex Mold’s Medical Humanities New Investigator Award on the place of the public in post-war British public health. Funding is available for a three year studentship, starting in September 2015. Supervision will be provided by Dr Alex Mold. The project will explore the place of the public in public health through an analysis of the recent history of heart disease.

Project Details: Heart Disease, Public Health and the Public, 1948-2010

This PhD studentship will examine the ways in which the public were constructed in the response to a major chronic illness and cause of morbidity and mortality in post-war Britain: coronary heart disease. Heart disease will act as a ‘tracer condition’ with which to explore the place of the public within the changing nature of public health, as attention shifted from infectious to chronic disease as the leading cause of morbidity and mortality. Through an examination of archival sources, published work and public health campaign material, this project will develop a deeper analysis of the impact of epidemiological research on public health, and particularly what this did to the conception of the public in relation to chronic illnesses like heart disease.

Research Environment

LSHTM is an international centre of excellence in global public health, one of Europe’s leading postgraduate medical institutions and Britain’s nation school of public health. The successful student will be part of the Centre for History in Public Health, which has a unique position in LSHTM, where historians rub shoulders with epidemiologists and public health/ health service researchers from all parts of the world. The Centre promotes research and teaching in the history of public health in the twentieth and twenty first centuries. This studentship is one of four projects within Alex Mold’s New Investigator Award on the place of the public in post-war British public health. Further information about the award is available on the project website.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants should hold a Masters qualification from a UK institution or an overseas equivalent in either the history of medicine, twentieth century British history, or a cognate area.


The Studentship is available to full-time students only and will cover tuition fees at Home/EU level and provide an annual stipend for three years. The stipend in 2015/16 will be £22,278. Please be aware that non-EU applicants will be liable for paying the difference between Home/EU and overseas PhD fees.

How to Apply

Prospective applicants should contact Alex Mold, preferably by email, to discuss their application before applying.

To apply for the Studentship, please complete an LSHTM PHP research study online application, indicating your interest in this studentship in the Funding section of the application (free text box). Please also include:

A 1,000 statement outlining why you wish to apply for this PhD studentship. The statement should explain why you would be interested in undertaking this PhD and what experience and skills you would bring to the position. The statement should also include details about previous research experience and training and anything else that you feel is relevant.
A sample of written work, e.g. a chapter of your Masters’ dissertation
Incomplete applications will not be considered for this studentship.

The closing date for applications is 24 April 2015.

Short-listed candidates will be interviewed. Interviews will be held the week commencing 25 May 2015.

- See more at: http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/funding/wellcome_trust_history_of_medicine_phd_studentship.html#sthash.LQR0n