Professor Ravi Maheswaran


Population Health, School of Medicine and Population Health

Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health

Director of Undergraduate Public Health Teaching
+44 114 222 0681

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Professor Ravi Maheswaran
Population Health, School of Medicine and Population Health
Room 2018, 2nd Floor
Regent Court (ScHARR)
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA

I am a medically qualified public health physician registered with the General Medical Council and hold an Honorary Consultant Contract with Public Health England. I graduated in Medicine (MBChB) from the University of Sheffield and my MD was for research on alcohol and hypertension. My professional qualifications include Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP) and Fellowship of the Faculty of Public Health (FFPH). I joined the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) in the University of Sheffield in 1998 following a Clinical Lecturer post in Epidemiology and Public Health at Imperial College London.

My teaching role in ScHARR is as Director of Undergraduate Public Health Teaching. I provide leadership and management for public health teaching across all Phases of the Sheffield MBChB curriculum.


    • MD
    • MRCP
    • FFPH
    Research interests

    My specialist areas of research interest and expertise include geographical and environmental epidemiology and geographical disparities in health and health care. My total grant income to date exceeds £5 million, with over £1 million obtained as Principal Investigator. This includes several grants incorporating innovative linkage of geographical, environmental and health datasets to address a wide range of research questions. My publication track record includes over 100 publications with a Scopus H-index over 20.


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    Research group

    Public Health Research


    • Investigating socioeconomic and geographical disparities in vascular surgery rates and outcomes in England. National Institute for Health Research 2020-22, £145,049 (Joint PI)
    • A multidisciplinary approach to prevention of multimorbidity in post-conflict Serbia. University of Sheffield (QR GCRF) 2019-21, £84,180 (Co-I)
    • Improving Wellbeing through Urban Nature (IWUN). Natural Environment Research Council 2016-19, £1.04 million (Co-I)
    • Investigation of the association between alcohol outlet density and alcohol related hospital admission rates in England. Alcohol Research UK 2015-16, £58,369 (PI)
    • Innovative approaches to understanding the wider determinants of health and wellbeing using record linkage and mixed methods to exploit the full potential of population cohorts in Yorkshire & Humber (BiB and SYC). White Rose Consortium (White Rose PhD studentship Network) 2014-17, £268,725 (Co-I)
    • Treatment patterns of patients with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. Amgen Ltd 2014-15, £29,275 (PI)
    • The design, development, commissioning and evaluation of patient focused vascular services. NIHR (Programme Grant) 2013-19, £1.86 million (Co-I)
    • Impact of migration on geographical patterns of health inequalities in Sheffield. Sheffield Primary Care Trust 2011-13, £30,572 (PI)
    • Evaluation of the new Summary Hospital Mortality Index (SHMI) for the Department of Health. Department of Health 2011-12, £62,837 (Co-I)
    • Alcohol and Performing Community: Mapping representations of “Binge-drinking” and community health. Arts and Humanities Research Council 2011-12, £30,890 (Co-I)
    • Alcohol policy modelling and evaluation. Medical Research Council 2010-13, £1.05 million (Co-I)

    Teaching activities

    I organise and deliver undergraduate public health teaching in the Community and Public Health Module in Phase 3a of the MBChB. I coordinate and teach the Epidemiology Module on the Master in Public Health (MPH) course. I also lecture on the new GIS in Public Health Practice Module in the MPH.

    Professional activities and memberships

    I organised the First European Conference on Geographic Information Sciences in Public Health, held in Sheffield in 2001 (252 participants from 19 countries) with European Union Fifth Framework funding to support the conference and associated workshops.

    I was involved in organising GIS Research UK 2002, the 2nd UK and Ireland Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology meeting, 2006 and GEOMED 2005 and 2009. I am on the Program Committee for GEOMED 2011 to be held in Victoria, BC, Canada