Welcome to the Institute of Health and Wellbeing.

Welcome to the Institute of Health and Wellbeing.

Our mission is to prevent disease, improve health and wellbeing, and reduce inequalities: locally, nationally, and globally.‌

The Institute of Health and Wellbeing was established in 2012. It comprises five Research Groups -   Public Health; General Practice and Primary Care; Health Economics and Health Technology Assessment; Social Sciences; and Mental Health and Wellbeing  - as well as the Robertson Centre for Biostatistics, Clinical Trials Unit and the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit. The Institute comprises 330 staff, of whom 216 are academic, as well as 197 doctoral students and 167 postgraduate taught students. Our work is inter-disciplinary. Our academics have a wide range of skills and expertise and our external collaborators include academics, the Scottish and UK Governments, NHS, Local Authorities, the voluntary and private sectors.

In order to ensure that our research impacts on health, we have developed particular expertise in intervention studies. These include not only randomised trials of therapeutic agents and devices, but also complex community-based interventions and natural experiments. We also have a longstanding interest in using electronic health and administrative records for health research.        

Knowledge exchange and public engagement are priorities for our Institute. We are also strongly committed to the principles of equality and diversity and all members of our Institute are engaged with our Athena Swan work.

Professor Jill Pell, Director of the Institute of Health and Wellbeing    


  • 26 Mar

    PhD Research Studentships

    Applications are being sought for four PhD studentships in the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit (SPHSU), University of Glasgow.
  • 26 Mar

    Life After Suicide

    ‌ Professor Rory O’Connor worked with the BBC on the BBC1 documentary Life After Suicide which aired on 17 March 2015.
  • 25 Mar

    Land’s End to John O’Groats Cycle

    Jill Pell is cycling/camping from Land’s End to John O’Groats over 9 days (5-13 September 2015). fundraising‌
  • 16 Mar

    New mental health resource puts the power in your pocket

    A new app and educational programme designed to help young people manage mental health problems is being launched at an event at St Stephens High School in Port Glasgow.
  • 25 Mar

    Royal Statistical Society Glasgow Local Group

    The last few years have seen an explosion of innovative data visualisations, particularly those that are interactive and delivered online. These have the potential to make our work have much greater impact but are a mystery to most statisticians. I will describe how I learned about these: how to design them and how to make them.
  • 05 Mar

    MSc Global Mental Health, Institute of Health and Wellbeing

    Chris Underhill is a global expert in the delivery of health and rehabilitation systems to very poor people. A serial social entrepreneur his latest organisation, BasicNeeds, concerns the delivery of a holistic model to mentally ill people and people with epilepsy in the poorest communities of the world.
  • 16 Jan

    No more toys for boys; Time to change our healthcare model?

    Professor Maroeska Rovers Professor in evidence-based surgery, Radboudumc, the Netherlands will deliver a talk - In order to maintain future sustainability of our healthcare system, we need to ensure that surgical innovations are affordable, effective, and of value for the patient.
  • 20 Jan

    Global Perspectives on Mental Well-being Knowledge Exchange/Summer School

    We warmly invite you to join us in Kigali at the ‘Global Perspectives on Mental Well-being’ knowledge exchange event/summer school which will explore ways of promoting reciprocal learning about mental well-being between the Global North and the Global South.