Janet Harris BA MSW PhD

Janet Harris

Section of Public Health
School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR)
The University of Sheffield
Regent Court
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA

Office: Room 1015, 1st Floor, Regent Court

Tel: (+44) (0)114 222 2980
Fax: (+44) (0)114 222 0749

email : janet.harris@sheffield.ac.uk

ORCiD: 0000-0002-0754-7223


I worked as a health care provider in Canada and England for eight years after obtaining my Bachelors degree. After completing a Masters in Community Organization, Management & Planning I moved into public health, working as a public health manager and commissioner in the United States for ten years. After returning to England in 1992, I helped to set up the Department of Health Policy and Public Health at the University of Hull, and moved on to direct the Masters and DPhil programmes in Evidence Based Health Care at Oxford University. In 2007, I went to Norway to establish a new Masters in Evidence Based Practice. I joined ScHARR in October 2009 to direct the Masters in International Public Health Management and Leadership.

Research Interests

My research interests are:-

  • community-based participatory approaches to improving health care services, with a particular focus on health inequalities.
  • social constructions of health and illness in the context of access to health care and employment policy
  • effectiveness of different approaches to teaching and learning in terms of promoting work-based skills and evidence based practice
  • mixed methods evaluation research
  • realist evaluation and realist synthesis

Teaching Interests

I am interested in creating constructivist learning environments, with the aim of setting up programmes that aim to bridge the gap between academic learning and applied practice, with an emphasis on strengthening community-campus partnerships and collaboration across academic teaching and work based learning.

Professional Activities

  1. Cochrane Qualitative Research Methods Group, con-convenor
  2. Evaluation of the effectiveness of teaching evidence based practice. Centre for Evidence Based Practice, Norway.
  3. National evaluation of the Pacesetters Programme. Department of Health.
  4. Community-based approaches to promoting return to work for people with low back pain. Norwegian Health Directorate.
  5. Community based peer support: developing a model for promoting health literacy (COPES). NIHR Public Health Research Programme.
  6. What the numbers don't tell us: Experiences of fatigue in Rheumatoid arthritis. Bergen University College, Norway.

Key Publications

Harris J. Improving Equality and Diversity delivery within the NHS: A realist evaluation. Commissioned report. Department of Health. (Under review).

Harris J, Kearley K, Heneghan C, Meats E, Roberts N, Perera R. (2011) Do journal clubs promote evidence based practice? A systematic review. BEME Guide No. 16. Medical Teacher; 33(1):9-23.

Fredriksen E, Harris J, Moland K M, Sundby J. (2010) A defeat not to be ultrafit: Expectations and experiences related to pregnancy in contemporary Norway. NORA Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research 18(3): 167 184.

Sand A M, Harris J, Rosland J H. (2009) Living with advanced cancer and short life expectancy: Patients' strategies for managing medication. Journal of Palliative Care 25(2):85-91.

Hopayian K, Nabulsi M, Harris J, Ramos K D, Letelier L M, Parkin C, Porzsolt F, Sestini P, Slavin M, Summerskill W F M. (2007) The effectiveness of education in evidence-based health care: the current state of outcome assessments and a framework for future evaluation. International Journal of Evidence Based Health Care 5(4):468-476

Price J, Farmer G, Harris J, Hope T, Kennedy S. Attitudes of women with chronic pelvic pain to the gynaecological consultation: a qualitative study. (2006) BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 113(4):446-452.

Keir C, Harris J and Webb B. (2003) User participation - participatory appraisal. In G Richardson and I Partridge (eds.) Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services: An Operational Handbook. The Royal College of Psychiatrists: Gaskell Books.

Westerby M, Harris J L and Hill T. (2003) Participatory evaluation of community based sexual health services. In A. Cornwall and A. Welbourn (eds). Realising Rights London: Zed Publishing.