Associate Professor Kate McBride


Associate Professor in Population Health


Kate is an epidemiologist, with broad expertise in public health and the improvement of health at a population level through the prevention of and reduction of chronic disease. Kate's research focusses on the prevention and management of chronic disease including cancer, diabetes and obesity within high risk, marginalised populations through the optimisation of healthcare access among these individuals. Kate coordinates and teaches on several epidemiology, population health and evidence-based medicine units in the MD/MBBS degree as well the Masters of Epidemiology. Kate began working at Western Sydney University in 2013 and most recently, was appointed as Senior Lecturer in Population Health with the School of Medicine and Translational Health Research Institute.

Kate undertook a BSocSc in Anthropology (Manchester University) before working in the private sector for several years. Following a move to Australia, Kate began work in the health research sector at Sydney University before completing her MPH(Hons) there in 2012. Kate was awarded her PhD from Sydney University in 2016 and throughout her PhD continued to work on several projects with Sydney Medical School as well as teach epidemiology and public health within the School of Public Health. Kate's PhD focused on the management and screening of individuals at high risk of cancer due to a hereditary mutation.

Research Interests

  • Cancer
  • Cancer screening
  • Chronic Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Epidemiology
  • Obesity

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Epidemiological Association (2017)
  • Public Health Association of Australia (2011)
  • Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (2012)

Awards and Recognition

  • COSA Best of Best Poster Discussion (Epidemiology) 2014-12-04
  • Familial Aspects of Cancer Best of Best Poster Award 2015-08-12
  • Vice Chancellors Excellence in Interprofessional Research 2019-12-06
  • Public Health Association of Australia Capacity Building Award 2020-10-30
  • Western Women's Fellowship 2018-11-30


  • Graduate Certificate (2021) in Health Economics, Deakin University
  • PhD University of Sydney
  • MPH(Hons) University of Sydney

Research and Publications

Contact Details

Telephone +61 2 4620 3436
Location Building 3, Campbelltown Campus