Dr Francis Howie


Senior Lecturer


Contact Details

email: f.howie@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905 542649

I have held public health roles in practice for over 30 years and feel privileged to now be working with the next generation of health and care professionals, developing their understanding of public health concepts and outcomes.

I have worked in the North-East, Kent, Birmingham, Herefordshire and Worcestershire and for the last 14 years I have been a senior leader in the local public health system, most recently as Director of Public Health for Worcestershire.

I am committed to embedding understanding of the prevention of ill-health and the narrowing of health inequalities in student learning at the University of Worcester and believe this to be a key enabler for securing the future of a sustainable national health and social care system.


BSc Sociology (University of Sussex)
Post-graduate certificate in Improving Health and Well-being through Leadership University of Teesside MSc Public Health (University of Birmingham)
PhD Sociology (University of Kent)


Consultant in Public Health (UKPHR specialist qualification)

Teaching & Research


I teach at Masters level, with a focus on the MSc in Public Health and the Masters in Advancing Practice.

My main module foci are:

  • Introduction to Public Health
  • Community Focussed Health Improvement in the UK
  • Challenging and Enhancing Service Delivery
  • Leading and Managing People

And I contribute across all the Public Health curriculum


I have particular research interests in:

  • Inner city community midwifery
  • Social prescribing
  • Narrowing health inequalities through a community focus

Professional Bodies

Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health
Specialist registrant of the UK Public Health Register


I regularly present at local and regional conferences, and recently I have presented on:

  • Suicide prevention
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • Prevention Overcoming Alcohol Addiction

External Responsibilities

Specialist assessor for UKPHR specialist registration
Verifier for UKPHR practitioner registration
Educational supervisor for registrars within 5 year specialist training as public health consultants
Educational supervisor for doctors in training (GP and FY2 training)
Director of Public Health for Worcestershire.