Dr Mark Cortnage

Lecturer in Public Health

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care

School:School of Allied Health

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Public health , Nutrition , Weight loss

Research Supervision:Yes

Mark focuses his research on methods of long-term weight maintenance. He is particularly interested in weight loss in men and currently runs The Alpha Programme, a successful diet and football programme based in Hertfordshire.


Following a Foundation in Sports Studies, Mark pursued an undergraduate degree in Human Nutrition, after he practised as a Sports and Public Health Nutritionist. Mark has worked for several organisations such as Hertfordshire County Council and the NHS in the roles of community and Public Health Nutritionist. During this time he worked towards his Master’s degree in Public Health Nutrition. Mark has been teaching both Nutrition and Public Health in Higher Education for around 10 years and joined Anglia Ruskin University in 2013.

Mark has developed a Sports and weight loss programme specifically for men. Optimised from previously run research programmes, Mark designed and now manages The Alpha Lifestyle research programme based at two locations in Hertfordshire. Through innovative dietary support the programme has successfully supported over 90 men with their weight over the last two years. The results from this programme have been used in Mark’s PhD which should be completed by early 2017.

Mark has been successfully providing weight loss and weight maintenance support for over ten years.

Research interests

  • Men, masculinity and food
  • Adult weight loss
  • Commercial dietary programmes
  • Obesity and overweight studies
  • Public Health/Health Promotion

Areas of research supervision

Due to his area of expertise, Mark is currently acting as 2nd supervisor to a PhD student.


  • NVQ Personal Trainer
  • National Certificate Sports Studies – University of Hertfordshire
  • BSc (Hons) Human Nutrition – London Metropolitan University
  • PG Cert Higher Education – Anglia Ruskin University
  • MSc International Public Health Nutrition – University of Westminster

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Member of the Association for the Study of Obesity
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Mark sits on the Nutrition Research Committee

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • Sits on the UKPHR Practitioner registration Task and Finish group
  • Health, Wellbeing and Performance research grant: £6,000

Selected recent publications

Cortnage, M., Pringle A., 2022. Onset of Weight Gain and Health Concerns for Men: Findings from the TAP Programme. Int J Environ Res Public Health, 19(1), pp. 579. doi: 10.3390/ijerph19010579

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