Renowned health inequalities expert Sir Michael Marmot has received an honorary degree from Middlesex University London, in recognition of his contribution to the fields of epidemiology and public health.
Marmot is Director of the UCL Institute of Health Equity (Marmot Institute), a MRC Research Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London, Chair of the European Review on the Social Determinants of Health and the Health Divide and also Director at the International Institute for Society and Health.
His expertise has seen him called upon to lead many important projects including chairing the Commission on Social Determinants of Health set up by the World Health Organization in 2005 and conducting a Strategic Review of Health Inequalities in England post 2010, at the request of the British Government.
Sir Michael received his award in front of over a thousand Middlesex students from the University’s School of Health and Education. He said:
“I am honoured to be awarded this honorary doctorate. My institute, the UCL Institute of Health Equity, works in partnership with doctors and nurses across the world. Health professionals become very excited about the potential role they can play in improving their patient's health by taking a lead to help reduce unjust and avoidable inequalities.
An individual's health reflects the social circumstances, or determinants, in which he or she is born, grows, lives, works and ages. It is imperative that health professionals understand and act on the social determinants of health to reduce health inequalities. The provision of equitable health services is obviously essential, but beyond that doctors and nurses have a vital role to play in understanding and determining the support their patient's require outside the medical environment. Health professionals must ensure they are an integrated part of the community so they can easily refer patients' for advice and assistance on issues such as housing, jobs and childcare.”
Middlesex University Vice-Chancellor Michael Driscoll said: “It’s a huge privilege to present Sir Michael with an honorary degree, and welcome him onto our campus to address the next generation of health graduates. His remarkable career furthering our understanding of crucial health issues demonstrates what can be achieved in this diverse and vital profession.”