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Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care

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Our work ranges across five research departments and associated MRC Units, spanning across the life-course from childhood to old age, focusing on:

  • Understanding the determinants of health & disease in populations & in patients in clinical settings
  • Evaluating strategies for the prevention & treatment of physical ill health
  • Teaching and capacity building in population health

The Institute is part of the School of Life and Medical Sciences, Faculty of Population Health Sciences and houses the following research departments:

Centre for Health Informatics & Multiprofessional Education (CHIME)

CHIME is an internationally recognised, multidisciplinary centre for health informatics research, education and technological innovation, linking information, quality and governance for health across a range of clinical specialities. We work in close partnership with our local NHS Trusts, for example through electronic health record systems supporting seamless cardiology shared care across north London, and educational resources supporting the care of patients and families with thalassemia. CHIME is founded on the principle that close contact with real healthcare requirements and services must underpin its research and teaching and our work is grounded in the implementation of practical information systems and services. We have a long track record in national (Research Councils, Department of Health) and international (European Framework  Programme) research in areas such as electronic health records and clinical knowledge management, image analysis and decision support, telehealth, patient centred care and health information security.

CHIME aims to provide an innovative and stimulating environment for teaching. Our research underpins the content, reputation and value of our postgraduate certificate, diploma and masters programme in health informatics and make us attractive to PhD students. CHIME offers part-time certificate, diploma and masters level courses and continuing professional development in health informatics and in health and medical sciences. Our student group is multi-professional, and drawn from across Europe and further afield. Most of our students are in full-time employment in the NHS, some work with commercial companies supplying IT systems and services to the NHS. We know, from our close contact with past students, that the qualifications are providing a springboard to rapid career advancement in the changing world of healthcare services. 

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Epidemiology & Public Health (EPH)

The Research Department of Epidemiology and Public Health is chaired by Professor Richard Watt, and houses roughly 180 staff across eleven research groups: namely; the Cancer Research UK Health Behaviour Research Centre (including Weight Concern), Central and Eastern Europe Research, Clinical Epidemiology, Dental Public Health, Genetic Epidemiology, Health and Social Surveys Research, Institute of Health Equity, International Centre for Life Course Studies in Society and Health, Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre, Psychobiology and Whitehall II Study. 

The Department offers an extensive graduate taught programme and provides a significant contribution to undergraduate teaching, as well as running several seminar series which all members of staff are encouraged to attend. 

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Infection & Population Health (IPH)

The aim of the Department is to reduce the population impacts of infection, and to promote individual health by means of the prevention and treatment of communicable and non-communicable disease. We work locally, nationally and internationally to realize this goal. There are four groupings: the Centre for Sexual Health & HIV Research (based at the Mortimer Market Centre), the HIV Epidemiology & Biostatistics Group, the Health Psychology Unit and the Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology (all based on the Royal Free campus).  There is considerable joint working across the groupings, particularly on HIV.  The Research Department lies in the Division of Population Health (Director: Prof Graham Hart).  

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Primary Care & Population Health (PCPH)

The Research Department of Primary Care and Population Health is part of the Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care and is headed by Professor Irwin Nazareth.  The Department’s strategic aim is to deliver high quality teaching in community-based primary care and public health and to undertake a programme of internationally competitive multi-disciplinary research addressing the management and prevention of disease in individuals and populations in areas which are of priority to the health of the public.

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Department of Applied Health Research (DAHR)

The Department of Applied Health Research (DAHR) evaluates health care/population health interventions, services, systems and national policies which are most likely to have a substantial impact on health and on health / health care inequalities. The Department’s focus is on:

  • the need to tackle the social gradient in health and to improve health and health care across all social groups;
  • health care and public health services and measures to influence policy, practice and health related behaviour;
  • evaluating the quality (effectiveness, efficiency, safety, equity and appropriateness) of health/ public health care; 
  • developing the knowledge base about the adoption, implementation and dissemination of evidence based health care and public health interventions.

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MRC LHA (Lifelong Health and Ageing) Unit at UCL

The MRC Lifelong Health & Ageing Unit at UCL is the home of the MRC National Survey of Health and Development (NSHD).

The NSHD, the oldest of the British birth cohort studies, is unique in having data from birth to age 65 years on the health and social circumstances of a representative sample (N=5362) of men and women born in England, Scotland or Wales in March 1946.

The mission of the Unit is to realise the scientific potential of the NSHD as a world class, interdisciplinary life course study of ageing by:

  • Scientific discovery of life course influences on normal and healthy ageing 
  • Transfer of knowledge to policymakers, health practitioners, and other research users
  • Promotion of healthy ageing

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Institute Director Professor Andrew Steptoe
Institute Manager & Research Administration Lead  Richard Marsh
Institute Finance Lead Marcella MacCann  
Institute Human Resources Lead Terri Goody

News

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MSc Scholarship 

The UCL Research Department of Epidemiology and Public Health is offering two one-year Studentships for full-time students undertaking the MSc in Health and Society: Social Epidemiology (The Michael Marmot UCL Studentship in Social Epidemiology) and Dental Public Health (The Aubrey Sheiham UCL Studentship in Dental Public Health). The awards will start in October 2014 and the Studentships will consist of £2,500 towards tuition fees. The recipients will be expected to secure the remaining part of their tuition fees and to cover their living costs. More...

Published: May 1, 2014 3:01:50 PM

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Athena Swan Silver Award Success

Our Athena SWAN Self Assessment Team (SAT) have been working extremely hard over the past 18 months on both our award application and on developing a programme of SWAN related initiatives. We are therefore delighted to be able to report that the Institute has been successful in obtaining a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of its commitment to advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in academia . Congratulations and thanks to all those involved in this fantastic effort (including our SAT leads Henry Potts and Terri Charrier).    More...

Published: May 1, 2014 1:17:54 PM

UCL Summer School

UCL Health and Society Summer School: Social Determinants of Health (14-18 July 2014)

The one week non-residential UCL Health and Society summer school: Social Determinants of Health will be held from 14-18 July 2014 at UCL in central London. The summer school is organised by the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health. It provides an indepth assessment of the social determinants of health from a global research, policy and governance perspective. Participants will have numerous opportunities for discussion over the one week course. More...

Published: Apr 25, 2014 3:19:52 PM

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