About us

About us

The Unit’s aim is to promote human health by the study of social, behavioural, economic and environmental influences on health. We have five objectives:

  • to study the multiple interacting processes through which biological, social, behavioural, economic and environmental factors influence physical and mental health over the lifecourse;
  • to discover mechanisms which can modify these processes and have the potential to improve population health in a complex world;
  • to develop translational interventions which harness these mechanisms to improve public health and reduce social inequalities in health;
  • to evaluate interventions and policies in terms of their ability to improve public health and reduce social inequalities in health;
  • to influence policy and practice by communicating the results and implications of research to policy, professional and lay audiences.

The Unit receives core funding from the UK Medical Research Council and Scottish Government Chief Scientist Office (CSO). The Unit is part of the Institute of Health and Wellbeing.

The Unit has six research programmes:

Unit staff and students come from a range of social and public health science disciplines including statistics, mathematics, epidemiology, public health medicine, nursing, natural sciences, human sciences, nutrition, sociology, anthropology, economics, psychology, geography, and history.

The Unit is improving its impact on the environment through a Green Policy and has joined 10:10.

The Institute for Health and Wellbeing has been awarded an Athena SWAN Silver Award.

If you are taking part in one of our studies and would like further information, please click on 'Participant studies' and select the study from the list or email us at survadmin@sphsu.mrc.ac.uk or contact us on our FREEPHONE number 0800 389 2129.

Our Director’s Welcome to the Unit

Read our information leaflet about the Unit.

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