Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care


History of IEHC


The Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care was formally created in 2011 when the Faculty of Population Health Sciences was established. Previously, several research departments in the Institute formed the Division of Population Health within the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences, under the direction first of Sir Michael Marmot, then Dame Anne Johnson, and subsequently Professor Graham Hart. The Institute now encompasses Applied Health Research, Epidemiology and Public Health, Primary Care and Population Health, Infection and Population Health, MRC Lifelong Health and Ageing Unit, and 2017 has also seen the launch of the Research Department of Behavioural Science and Health. The Director of the Institute from 2011 was Professor Andrew Steptoe, and from 2017 Professor Andrew Hayward was appointed Institute Director.

Our principal research themes

Based within the Faculty of Population Health Sciences, the UCL Institute for Epidemiology and Health Care (IEHC) is the thriving research and teaching community at the heart of UCL's Grand Challenge of Human Wellbeing. 

IEHC's vision is to understand the determinants of health & disease in populations & in patients in clinical settings, to evaluate strategies for the prevention & treatment of physical ill health, and to strengthen teaching and capacity in population health.

The Institute has an internationally competitive research programme focused on:

  • Understanding the determinants of health and disease across the life-course in populations and in patients in clinical settings, including the investigation of genetic, biological, behavioural, psychosocial and cultural processes;
  • Evaluating strategies for the prevention and treatment of physical and mental ill-health;
  • Monitoring and surveillance of health and health care nationally and internationally;
  • Carrying out innovative work on behaviour change and on the practice of primary care;
  • Developing and implementing new technologies in teaching and research in population health;
  • Teaching and capacity building in population health research and practice.
  • Applied health and health policy research

IEHC in context with UCL

UCL is ranked among the top ten universities of the world. Established in 1826 to challenge the exclusivity of Oxford and Cambridge, UCL was the first British university to enrol women and ethnic minorities on equal terms to men. We have always emphasised the enlightenment and secular principles of our founders who include the philosopher, Jeremy Bentham