Prof Fiona Sim

Visiting Professor

Fiona Sim

I am honoured to be a visiting professor at the University of Bedfordshire.

My career in public health service, education and research has spanned more than 30 years.

I graduated in Medicine from University College London in 1978 and then trained as a GP/family practitioner before discovering that public health was my real passion.

A Masters at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine began my journey as a public health physician and a family doctor, since when I have held senior roles in the NHS, medical education and the English Department of Health.

I am visiting professor with particular interest in public health education, research and practice. My main professional and research interest is in building capacity and capability across all sectors, in order to deliver better health and to reduce health inequalities.

Currently, in addition to occasional teaching on the MPH at Bedfordshire, I am joint Editor-in-chief of the peer reviewed journal Public Health, work as an advisor to NHS England and to the alcohol education charity, Drinkaware.

I was appointed OBE for services to Public Health in 2015.


  • BSc Hons Genetics - University of London
  • MB,BS - University of London
  • MSc Community Medicine, LSHTM
  • LLM Medical Law - University of Hertfordshire
  • FFPH  - UK Faculty of Public Health
  • FRCP - Royal College of Physicians, London
  • MRCGP - Royal College of General Practitioners, UK

Teaching Expertise

  • Undergraduate and postgraduate classroom and clinical teaching
  • Tutorials and small group teaching
  • Online seminar teaching

Research Interests

  • Capacity building for improving public health
  • Prevention and management of childhood obesity


  • Sim F. Junk Food and the Winter Olympics: who cares about the health legacy; BMJOpinion, 21 February 2018
  • Sim F. Obesity—personal responsibility or environmental curse? BMJOpinion, 24 October 2017
  • Sim F. Alcoholic drinks contribute to obesity and should come with mandatory calorie counts. BMJ 2015;350:h2047 doi: 10.1136/bmj.h2047
  • Sim F and Wright J, Eds. Working in Public Health. Routledge, UK. 2014 [Hardback and paperback]
  • Wright J, Sim F and Wright K. History of multidisciplinary Public Health. Policy Press, Bristol. 2014 [Hardback]

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