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Fully funded PhD Studentship, Hull York Medical School, How healthy are older migrants?

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The Hull York Medical School, UK, invites application for a fully funded PhD studentship in applied health research

How healthy are older migrants?

Health between migrants and the local population often differs in that migrants frequently have a health advantage over the resident population when they first enter a country. This so called healthy migrant effect might diminish over time.

Australia, which has rigorous health requirements on migrants, has an increasing proportion of foreign born population (27.7% in 2013) who come from the UK (5.3% of total population), followed by New Zealand, China, India and Vietnam. Even though a favourite migration country, the population is ageing and research on migrant health is sparse as in many other countries.

We work closely with colleagues in Australia and this studentship provides an opportunity to interrogate a large dataset to explore the impact of ageing on a large migrant community. This project will examine the health of older migrants using the Dynamic Analyses to Optimise Ageing (DYNOPTA) dataset which combines 9 Australian longitudinal studies for ageing (over 50000 participants). This longitudinal dataset contains the relevant information for this study, for example: country of birth, health behaviours and conditions, activity limitations, mental and cognitive health, and use of services.

The aim of the project will be to compare the mortality and morbidity (both physical and mental health) of older migrants with the local-born population. Differences will be related to factors such as: (1) duration of residence, education, language spoken, access to services and caring responsibilities; and (2) variations in health behaviour such as smoking, drinking and physical activities. Although conducted in a non-UK dataset, the study will use generalizable skills and generate generalizable findings.

This project is suitable for a student with good quantitative skills (e.g. degree in statistics, computer science, geography, psychology etc.). The PhD will offer the opportunity to expand quantitative skills with demographic methods and standard measures of health inequalities. Interrogating large datasets is a key strategic area of the new Institute of Clinical and Applied Health Research in Hull and the student’s research will be a part of that initiative.

Supervisors: Dr Pia Wohland and Professor Miriam Johnson. For informal enquiries contact

All applications MUST BE submitted online

The deadline is 29 February 2016.

For more information please follow this link

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