Penny Cook

Professor Penny Cook

Professor in Public Health

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Office Times

Tuesday: 9.00am—10.00am


Thursday 9:00am - 10:00am



After gaining her PhD from the University of Liverpool (1996), Penny took a Royal Society funded fellowship in Stockholm University. She joined Liverpool John Moores University’s Centre for Public Health in 1998 as a research fellow and was made Reader in Public Health Epidemiology in 2007. Her main role at JMU was researching in sexual health and alcohol harm. She led the regional HIV surveillance system for several years and advised on the Sexual Health and HIV Commissioners Group for England. She carried out research projects funded by primary care trusts, the Department of Health. She has carried out research contributing to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidance on HIV and sexual health. Penny joined the University of Salford in June 2012 and was made Professor in 2013.


Penny teaches on the MSc Public Health programme. She leads a module on Epidemiology and Statistics for Public Health and co-leads Research Methods. She also teaches on her specialist topics of sexual health and alcohol to undergraduates and postgraduates.

Research Interests

Penny’s main research interests are in the areas of sexual health, alcohol harm and health inequalities, predominantly using quantitative epidemiological methods. She is part of a team that supervises a thriving community of PhD students, and would welcome applications from students on topics related to her areas of interest.

Qualifications and Memberships

BSc (hons)


Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health



Cook, P.A.,Morleo, M., Billington, D., Sanderson-Shortt, K., Jones, C., Gabbay, M., Sheron, N., Bellis, M., Phillips-Howard, P. & Gilmore, I. 2015, Evaluation of work-based screening for early signs of alcohol-related liver disease in hazardous and harmful drinkers: the PrevAIL study, BMC Public Health, 15(352).

Ferris, J & Greenlees, I & Jowett, S & Rhind, D & Cook, P & Kypri, K 2014, 'Alcohol industry sponsorship and hazardous drinking in UK university students who play sport', Addiction, 109(10):1647-54.

Cook, P & Evans-Jones, J & Mallinson, H & Wood, M & Alloba, F & Jones, K & Strodtbeck, S & Layla, H 2014, 'Comparison of patients diagnosed with gonorrhoea through community screening with those self-presenting to the genitourinary medicine clinic', BMJ Open, 4, p.e004862.

Morleo, M & Cook, P & Elliott, G & Phillips-Howard, P 2013, 'Parental knowledge of alcohol consumption: a cross sectional survey of 11-17 year old schoolchildren and their parents Journal: ', BMC Public Health, 13(412 ).

Zhang, X & Cook, P & Lisboa, P J & Jarman, I H & Bellis, M A 2013, 'The effects of deprivation and relative deprivation on self-reported morbidity in England: an area-level ecological study', International Journal of Health Geographics, 12(5).

Olsen, J R & Cook, P & Forster, S & Phillips-Howard, P A 2012, 'Accessibility of sexual health services in teenage sexual health service users: local area geospatial analysis Olsen JR, Cook PA, Forster S, Phillips-Howard PA.', Journal of Public Health, 34 (3), pp.438-446. 

Zhang, X & Cook, P & Jarman, I H & Lisboa, P J 2011, 'Area effects on health inequalities: The impact of neighbouring deprivation on mortality', Health and Place, 17(6), pp.1266-1273. 

Madden, H C & Phillips-Howard, P A & Hargreaves, S C & Downing, J & Bellis, M A & Vivancos, R & Cook, P 2011, 'Access to HIV community organisations by vulnerable populations: Evidence from an enhanced HIV/AIDS surveillance system', AIDS Care, 23(5), pp.542-449. 

Morleo, M & Woolfall, K & Dedman, D & Mukherjee, R & Bellis, M A & Cook, P 2011, 'Under-reporting of foetal alcohol spectrum disorders: an analysis of hospital episode statistics', BMC Pediatrics, 11, p.14.

Cook, P & Phillips-Howard, P & Morleo, M & Harkins, C & Briant, L & Bellis, M 2011, 'The Big Drink Debate: perceptions of the impact of price on alcohol consumption from a large scale cross-sectional convenience survey in north west England', BMC Public Health, 11, p.664. 

Phillips-Howard, P A & Bellis, M A & Briant, L B & Jones, H & Downing, J & Kelly, I E & Bird, T & Cook, P 2010, 'Wellbeing, alcohol use and sexual activity in young teenagers: findings from a cross-sectional survey in school children in North West England', Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy, 5, p.27.

Bellis, M A & Morleo, M & Hughes, K & Downing, J & Wood, S & Smallthwaite, L & Cook, P 2010, 'A cross-sectional survey of compliance with national guidance for alcohol consumption by children: measuring risk factors, protective factors and social norms for excessive and unsupervised drinking', BMC Public Health, 10, p.547. 

Morleo, M & Cook, P & Bellis, M A & Smallthwaite, L E 2010, 'Use of fake identification to purchase alcohol amongst 15-16 year olds: a cross-sectional survey examining alcohol access, consumption and harm', Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy, 5, p.12. 

Downing, J & Cook, P & Madden, H C E & Phillips-Howard, P A & Higgins, S C & Bellis, M A 2010, ' Management of cases testing positive for gonococcal infection in a community-based chlamydia screening programme', Sexually Transmitted Infections, 86, pp.474-477. 

Bellis, M A & Phillips-Howard, P A & Hughes, K & Hughes, S & Cook, P & Morleo, M & Hannon, K & Smallthwaite, L & Jones, L 2009, 'Teenage drinking, alcohol availability and pricing: a cross-sectional study of risk and protective factors for alcohol-related harms in school children', BMC Public Health, 9, p.380.

Cook, P & Downing, J & Wheater, C P & Bellis, M A & Tocque, K & Syed, Q & Phillips-Howard, P A 2009, 'Influence of socio-demographic factors on distances travelled to access HIV services: enhanced surveillance of HIV patients in north west England', BMC Public Health, 9, p.78. 

Morleo, M & Lightowlers, C & Anderson, Z & Cook, P & Harkins, C & Bellis, M A 2009, 'A review of the impact of the Licensing Act on levels of violence in England and Wales: a public health perspective ', Crime and Community Safety, 11 (3), pp.204-218. 

Bellis, M A & Watson, F L D & Hughes, S & Cook, P & Downing, J & Clark, P & Thompson, R 2007, 'Comparative views of the public, sex workers, businesses, and residents on establishing managed zones for prostitution: Analysis of a consultation in Liverpool', Health and Place, 13, pp.603-616 .