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Professor Matthew Hickman

Professor Matthew Hickman

Professor Matthew Hickman
B.Sc.(Lanc.), M.Sc.(Aberd.), Ph.D.(Lond.)

Professor in Public Health and Epidemiology - Deputy Head of School and Head of

Office 2.01b
Canynge Hall,
39 Whatley Road, Bristol BS8 2PS
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+44 (0) 117 928 7207


I am the co-director with Isabel Oliver (Public Health England) of the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit on Evaluation of Interventions, and a member and co-investigator of NIHR School of Public Health Research and DeCIPHER (UKCRC Public Health Centre of Excellence for the Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement). 
My research programme focuses on infectious disease control and the epidemiology and public health consequences of drug use – with active research grants on prevention of Hepatitis C Virus, drug related mortality, and alcohol related harms.



Activities / Findings



  • Public health surveillance
  • HCV epidemiology
  • Injecting drug use
  • Drug misuse epidemiology
  • Health consequences of drug use
  • Indirect estimation methods


  • hepatitis C virus


My research is in the epidemiology of drug misuse and health consequences of drug misuse. These include epidemiology of HCV infection and other blood borne viruses among injecting drug users; and methods of estimating the size of drug user populations and measuring risk behaviour. General methods in public health surveillance.

  • public health surveillance
  • hcv epidemiology
  • injecting drug use
  • drug misuse epidemiology
  • health consequences of drug use
  • indirect estimation methods
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