About us

IHW introductory video

Welcome to the Institute of Health and Wellbeing at University of Glasgow. Our mission is to prevent disease, improve health and wellbeing, and reduce inequalities: locally, nationally and globally. Established in 2012, we are an inter-disciplinary institute that crosses the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences and the College of Social Sciences. We are now home to 349 staff (237 academic, 112 professional services) as well as 130 doctoral students and 215 postgraduate taught students. We are strongly committed to the principles of equality and diversity, and in 2018 won a coveted Athena Swan Gold award.

Our aims

Through our inter-disciplinary programme of world-leading research and excellent research-led teaching we aim to improve population health and wellbeing and reduce inequalities in health.

Our research spans three research themes and is delivered across seven research groups.

Our expertise

Our academics have a wide range of skills and expertise and our external collaborators include academics, the Scottish and UK Governments, the NHS, local authorities, and the voluntary and private sectors. We lead a range of research activities including:

  • monitoring trends in health and wellbeing;
  • investigating the social, environmental and biological determinants of health and wellbeing;
  • developing, implementing and evaluating the effectiveness of interventions, policies and practices to improve population health and wellbeing;
  • knowledge exchange to ensure policies and practices are evidence-informed.