Ranjit Khutan is Head of Department for Public Health at the University of Wolverhampton. He has worked at the University since 2001, prior to this he worked as a Senior Health Promotion Specialist (Sexual Health), Community Development Project Manager and a lead in Patient & Public Involvement.
Ranjit has a BA in Russian Studies, an MSc in Health Promotion, an MPH (Master of Public Health) and a PhD from the University of Manchester where he examined the public health needs of prisoners and approaches to help improve health by reducing recidivism.
Ranjit’s areas of teaching expertise include public health promotion, health care leadership, service design & change management, health needs assessment, health policy analysis, arts & health, and research methods (qualitative). These are closely aligned to his research interests which span the human life-course whilst focussing on specific populations, settings and activities; and aim to analyse, explain and reframe discourse and evidence in public health. Areas of interest include prisoner public health and reducing recidivism through improvements to their health and wellbeing, the use and effectiveness of the arts in public health and how these activities can be evaluated, and public health issues within South Asian and LGBT+ communities. He also leads on the University’s public health connections & course developments in China, Nigeria and India and organises an annual field trip to India for health students.
Ranjit is an Honorary Consultant in Public Health (non-medical academic) for Public Health England, a board member for Healthwatch (Wolverhampton), and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health, the Higher Education Academy and the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.
In his spare time Ranjit is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter and author, and has had his work performed on stage, television and film. He also works as an Audience Development Ambassador for the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford and is an artistic assessor for the Arts Council England.