Our mission

We promote careers in public health, increase public health capacity worldwide, and integrate public health perspectives into the wider workforce in all sectors, including but not limited to journalism, radio, television, film, law, policy, economics, architecture, urban design, engineering, entrepreneurship, healthcare and academia. We do this through events, resources, and services.

About the Founder

Given the ‘wicked problems’ of our time, such as chronic non-communicable diseases, global climate change, and sustainability to name a few, Dr Behrooz Behbod established Oxford Public Health in 2015. Dr Behbod’s vision is to see innovation in public health through collaboration in all sectors. In 2016, Dr Behbod founded the International Academy of Digital Health, a multi-disciplinary organisation that supports the development of digital health to promote population and planetary health.

Dr Behbod trained as a medical doctor in the UK, practised clinically in both the National Health Service and in Cyprus, before joining the first cohort of Masters students at the Cyprus International Institute for Environmental and Public Health. He then completed doctoral research training at Harvard University, exploring the role of the home environment in the development of asthma and allergy in children.

Between 2011 and 2013, Dr Behbod served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer (‘Disease Detective’) at the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. Since 2013, Dr Behbod has been a Public Health Specialty Registrar in Oxford, where he has worked with local, regional, national, and international organisations. Dr Behbod is now a Fellow of the UK’s Faculty of Public Health (FFPH).

Promoting public health careers

With a passion for teaching and promoting public health careers, Dr Behbod helped teach graduate public health and architecture students at Harvard University. In 2010, his students very kindly awarded him with the Harvard Teaching Award.

Dr Behbod currently teaches at several institutions, including Oxford University, Imperial College London, Oxford Brookes University, and Public Health England, while supporting curriculum implementation and the development of educational courses with the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians in the UK.

Behrooz helped me discover my passion for public health service by sharing his experiences and encouraging me to explore career options outside academic medicine. His background in medicine, academics, and public health enables him to provide guidance to a wide array of aspiring health professionals, and his approachable and trustworthy manner make him a great advisor.

– Mateusz Karwowski, MD, MPH, FAAP, Academic Fellow and Staff Physician, Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard School of Medicine; Visiting Scientist, Harvard School of Public Health

Behrooz is an inspirational and helpful coach. His approach is effective in the sense that he shows you how to walk the path, rather than just showing it to you. He taught me how to think more critically and approach problems thoughtfully. He would ask strategic questions that would help me pinpoint my true interests and encourage me to pursue careers that aligned with my interests.

– Soby Tadjalli, MPH, Senior Training Specialist, ICF International

Behrooz has been instrumental in my professional growth, in both my skill set and career pathway. A key attribute is his willingness to listen and then to ask relevant questions which helped me to explore my current strengths, knowledge and skills gaps and how to progress my career aspirations.

– Aine Lyng, Health Improvement Practitioner Advanced, Here for Health, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust

Behrooz was interested in the experience and knowledge I had already obtained in public health and explained how various areas of my current practice were relevant to the training programme and my desire to pursue a career in public health. The advice and help he provided were instrumental in helping me progress in my desired career path.

– David Munday, RN, BC (Hons), MSc, Public Health Specialty Registrar, Oxford School of Public Health

Behrooz offered excellent advice as I embarked on a significant change in career direction from dentistry to public health. At an early stage, he clearly laid out what the path ahead was likely to be, the challenges I would face, and potential strategies for overcoming them. The final outcome was positive and I was offered a place on the public health specialist training scheme in the UK, in no small part thanks to his shared insights and assistance.

– Andrew Trathen, Dentist & Public Health Specialty Registrar, UK

Behrooz has been a pivotal mentor and advisor for me since I have had the pleasure to know him. At our initial meeting at the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), he motivated me to take a leading role in a field epidemiology investigation. Due to Behrooz’ continued support and guidance, I have become Chief Resident in my training program, a published author and have been offered faculty positions at multiple teaching institutions.

– Erin Jones, MD, Chief Resident Physician, University of Maryland Medical Center