Professor Peter Bath

BSc, MSc, PhD

Professor Peter Bath

Professor of Health Informatics

Department: Information School

Faculty: Social Sciences

Research expertise

  • Health informatics and applications of artificial intelligence and data mining

  • Health information needs and information behaviours of patients, families, carers and the general public

  • Analysing health information in relation to health and wellbeing


Telephone: +44 114 222 2636


University profile


I have been interested in information science and health informatics for 23 years. My interest in these areas developed at the end of my first degree in applied biology, when I came to Sheffield to study for my MSc in information studies in the then Department of Information Studies.

At the end of the MSc, I studied for my PhD in chemical structure handling under the supervision of Professor Peter Willett and Dr Frank Allen (Cambridge). I was appointed Research Fellow (1994-1996), then Lecturer (1996-2000), in Information Science in the Sheffield Institute for Studies on Ageing (SISA) at the University of Sheffield, which had been set up by Professor Ian Philp in 1994.

I re-joined the Department of Information Studies in 2000, when I was appointed Lecturer in Health Informatics to set up the new MSc in Health Informatics programme and became Head of the Health Informatics Research Group. I was appointed Professor of Health Informatics in the Information School in 2013.