Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care


Work across our research departments span 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:

Epidemiology & Public Health (EPH)

Website: www.ucl.ac.uk/epidemiology

The Research Department of Epidemiology and Public Health is chaired by Professor Richard Watt, and houses roughly 180 staff across nine research groups: namely; the Cancer Research UK Health Behaviour Research Centre (including Weight Concern), Central and Eastern Europe Research, Dental Public Health, 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. 

Infection & Population Health (IPH)

Website: www.ucl.ac.uk/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).  

Primary Care & Population Health (PCPH)

Website: www.ucl.ac.uk/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 Elizabeth Murray.  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.

Department of Applied Health Research (DAHR)

Website: www.ucl.ac.uk/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.

MRC LHA (Lifelong Health and Ageing) Unit at UCL

Website: www.nshd.mrc.ac.uk

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