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 has six research programmes:
- Complexity in health improvement
- Measurement and analysis of socio-economic inequalities in health
- Social relationships and health improvement
- Understanding and improving health within settings and organisations
- Neighbourhoods and Communities
- Informing Healthy Public Policy
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 Institute for Health and Wellbeing has been awarded an Athena SWAN Silver Award.