Professor Penny Cook

School of Health and Society

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Contact Details

Allerton Room L812d

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Current positions

Professor in Public Health


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 work at LJMU included Department of Health funded research on the overlap between population-level indicators of alcohol use, teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections in teenagers, and 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. She is currently carrying out research on an NIHR-funded ‘community alcohol health champions’ project (Communities in Charge of Alcohol, CICA), which is looking at how the communities can support each other with alcohol advice and whether communities can influence local alcohol licensing decisions. Research in other areas of public health include physical activity and the health benefits of greenspace. Penny is a co-investigator on the NERC-funded Green infrastructure and the Health and wellbeing Influences on an Ageing population (GHIA) project. She also teaches on the MSc in Public Health.

Areas of research

Public health, Alcohol, Physical activity, Greenspace, Nature


Penny teaches on the MSc Public Health programme, contributing to the Epidemiology and Statistics for Public Health module. 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 the interaction between nature and health, 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)
  • PhD
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP)


  • Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health