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Professor John Powell

Roles and subjects

Senior Research Fellow in Digital Health



Academic Background

Professor Powell is Professor of Digital Health Care in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences.

I graduated in Social and Political Sciences (MA) and Clinical Medicine (MB BChir) from the University of Cambridge, before undertaking a MSc and PhD at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. I trained in psychiatry and public health medicine. I am a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health and a Fellow of the Faculty of Clinical Informatics. I am a NIHR Senior Investigator, and expert advisor to national agencies including NICE and the MHRA.

Graduate Teaching

I am the Academic Director of the Masters in Applied Digital Health at the University of Oxford, I also contribute to the Executive Masters in Global Healthcare Leadership. I supervise a number of DPhil students working on digital health topics.

Research Interests

My area is digital health, including studies of how the connected world of digital-enabled health care is changing how patients and the public interact with services and manage their own health; and studies evaluating digital health interventions.

Other Interests

I have worked as a comedy writer for BBC Radio and as a television drama advisor where my credits include Downton Abbey, Spanish Flu: The Forgotten Fallen, SSGB and the movie Ammonite.


See also Professor Powell’s departmental webpage.