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Dr Max Cooper

Dr Max Cooper

Dr Max Cooper (BSc, BM MPC, PhD, MRCGP, DRCOG, DTMH)

Senior Lecturer in Primary Care and Public Health
T: +44 (0)1273 643768
Location: Room 320, Watson Building, University of Brighton, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9PH

Other roles: Undergraduate lead for GP (year 4 and 5); Undergraduate lead for global health, Lead for F2 foundation doctors in Primary Care at BSMS; BSMS representative on Brighton and Sussex Medico-chirurgical society council; member BSMS athena swan ethnicity and diversity committee.

Areas of expertise: Medical education, clinical simulation in general practice, global health, history of medicine, qualitative research, archival research



  • PGCert Higher (University of Sussex) – completed 2016
  • PhD, University of Glasgow, 2014
  • Associate GP, Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Healthboard, 2005-2012
  • Clinical University teacher, University of Glasgow, 2007-2012
  • Master of Primary Care, University of Glasgow, 2004
  • Vocational Studies tutor, University of Glasgow, 2004- 2007
  • Higher Professional Fellow in General Practice, University of Glasgow, 2002-2004
  • GP locum, Edinburgh and Lothians, 2002
  • GP Registrar, Gosport, Hants, 2000-2002
  • GP training, Southampton and Portsmouth hospitals, 1998- 2000
  • Education
  • BM, University of Southampton, 1997
  • BSc Hons (Psychology), University of Southampton, 1996


  • Medical education (esp. simulation to teach and assess general practice)
  • Global health (esp. snakebite and other injuries from animals, drowning and other accidents, traditional and herbal medicine)
  • History of medicine (esp. medical education, oral history and tropical medicine)
  • The medical examination of victims of torture
  • Qualitative research methods (interviews, focus groups, archival research and media analysis)


  • Year 1: Teaching on primary care and universal health coverage
  • Year 4: Module 403 lead (General practice, global health, public health and palliative care), Global health day, Individual Research Project (IRP) supervision (primary care, global health and history of medicine)
  • Year 5 General practice Post-graduate:  Teaching and masters supervision on BSMS Masters in Public Health and Masters in Global Health; supervision of Academic Clinical Fellows in General Practice at BSMS
  • PhD supervision (primary care, global health and history of medicine)

Selected publications

Waterman L, Varma N, Doherty A, Cooper M, Mason L. Using a symptom observation chart for dying patients: Review of a service improvement tool. Clin Oncol. 2015;33 (suppl 29S; abstra 57)

Cooper M, Shurlock J. Is general practice engaged with physical activity promotion?. [eLetter] BJGP online. 2015 

Cooper M, Sornalingam S, O'Donnell C. Street-level bureaucracy: an underused theoretical model for general practice?. British Journal of General Practice. 2015;65(636):376-377. 

Cooper M, Cooper S. Resisting decomposition as evidence of bodily strength: funerary practice and psychological well-being in rural Guinea Bissau. Leeds African Studies Bulletin. 2015;76:67-69

Tsegay G, Wubie M, Degu G, Tamiru A, Cooper M, Davey G. Barriers to access and re-attendance for treatment of podoconiosis: a qualitative study in northern Ethiopia. International Health. 2014;7(4):285-292. 

Modell M, Glew S, Sornalingam S, Cooper M. SCUBA diving: staying in your depth. InnovAiT: Education and inspiration for general practice. 2014;8(7):444-445. 

Sornalingham SH, Cooper M. Single Lead Employer contracts: a potential barrier to researching GP trainees. [eLetter]. BJGP online. 2014

Lawrence D, Smith H, Magala E, Cooper M. Young people's opinions about herbal medicines in a suburban district of Central Uganda. International Health. 2014;6(4):337-338. 

Salloum N, Cooper M, Glew S. The development of primary care in Saudi Arabia. InnovAiT: Education and inspiration for general practice. 2014;8(5):316-318. 

Sornalingam S, Cooper M. The polypill for cardiovascular disease prevention: pitfall or panacea?. InnovAiT: Education and inspiration for general practice. 2014;8(1):60-62. 

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