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At the UCL Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care looks to address major 21st century health challenges such as health equity, obesity, tobacco and alcohol, ageing and the organisation of healthcare.

UCL's Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care aims to understand and influence determinants of health and health behaviour across the lifecourse, develop and evaluate cross-sectoral policies and strategies to improve health, and optimise healthcare delivery and practice.

In the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF), UCL's Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care was delighted with the following results:

  • 95% of UCL's Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care submissions were graded 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent). 
  • 91% of it's research outputs (publications) were graded 3 or 4*
  • 95% of our impact statements (case studies which show the impact of our research on health) were graded 4* and 100% were graded 3 or 4*, making us ranked second nationally in terms of the total impact of our research on the real world.  
  • The “Environment” (an assessment of issues such as how well our staff are supported, our research infrastructure and our approaches to ensuring research integrity) was rated 100% at 4* making us joint 1st (with LSHTM and Imperial) as a great place to conduct Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care Research.
  • Our Faculty, contributed a total of 17 innovative pieces of research, which show insights our experts have developed to some of the greatest challenges facing the world and evidence of the benefit to humanity.

Expertise in epidemiology, medical statistics, health psychology, sociology, health economics, public health, primary care, public policy, and improvement science is found throughout our interdisciplinary teams, which are located across the following four research departments:

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

The staff of the Institute is multidisciplinary, with expertise across clinical, public health, and primary care medicine, epidemiology, medical statistics, health psychology, sociology, health economics, public policy, information technology, genetics, physiology, and improvement science.

As an Institute we have strong national and international interdisciplinary collaborations with a large portfolio of international research linked to the UCL Global Health Initiative.

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