Behrooz Behbod

I joined the Oxford training scheme in 2013 and thoroughly enjoyed gaining experience in a broad range of public health skills. I was fortunate to be assigned to local (eg Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Oxfordshire County Council), regional (Thames Valley Public Health England Centre, Thames Valley NHS England Area Team, and Public Health England South East’s Local Knowledge and Intelligence Team), national (Faculty of Public Health and Public Health England’s Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards), and consultancy (Solutions for Public Health) organisations.

Prior to joining the programme in Oxford, I trained as a medic in Leeds, practiced clinically in both the NHS and in Cyprus, and then joined the first cohort of MSc students at the Cyprus International Institute for Environmental and Public Health. I then completed doctoral research training at Harvard, exploring the role of the home environment in the development of asthma and allergy in children. Between 2011 and 2013, I served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta.

With a passion for teaching and promoting public health careers, I helped teach Oxford University medical students and junior doctors in training, Field Epidemiology Training Programme fellows at Public Health England, and supported the development of educational courses for the UK Faculty of Public Health.

I am now the MPH Programme Director at Cardiff University and Consultant Epidemiologist at Public Health Wales.