Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care


About DAHR

What we do

The Department of Applied Health Research delivers research that directly improves health and social care and population health. It includes evaluations of healthcare/public health interventions and policies; organisational research, behaviour science, precision public health, economic evaluation, statistics, modelling, methodological, operational and implementation research.

Our Mission

  • We are driven by the need to tackle the social gradient in health and to improve health and health care across all social groups;
  • Our focus is on those interventions, systems and national policies which are most likely to have a substantial impact in terms of health outcomes and reductions in health and health care inequalities;
  • The department has interests that span health care, social care and public health services and measures to influence policy, clinical decisions and health related behaviour;
  • We are concerned with evaluating effectiveness, cost effectiveness, equity, appropriateness and quality; and in methodological innovation in applied health research
  • We also focus on developing the knowledge base about dissemination, adoption and implementation.
  • We develop interdisciplinary applied health research in the UK and internationally.

The Head of Research Department is Professor Nora Pashayan


The Department comprises clinical (medicine, nursing and allied health professional) and non-clinical academics with a diverse range of backgrounds including anthropology, epidemiology, health economics, mathematics, natural sciences, psychology, sociology, and statistics. We specialise in conducting research with integrated quantitative and qualitative components whenever appropriate and are increasingly involved in interdisciplinary collaborations.

In addition to our cross cutting emphasis on inequalities (led by Professor Raine);


  • The department also houses the NIHR ARC North Thames (Director Professor Raine)
  • The Health Economics Group: This group evaluates the cost and cost effectiveness of health care interventions and public health programmes, and investigates resource allocation in health care and public health
  • Professor Naomi Fulop leads The Health Care Organisation and Management Group: This group evaluates re-organisations and service improvements across the NHS. Naomi Fulop is the current chair of the Health Services Research Network (HSRN).
  • Dr Nora Pashayan leads the Cancer Screening Group

Other affiliations:

In addition to collaborations across our Institute (Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care) and Faculty, we conduct interdisciplinary research with colleagues across UCL, including with:

We also have thriving national and international collaborations.

Teaching and training

DAHR contributes to teaching of undergraduate, postgraduate and MBBS programmes and teaching of health professionals. We welcome enthusiastic students who want to pursue PhD studies in applied health research – please visit the Study page for further details

DAHR is GMC approved training location for specialty training in public health. We host health professionals training in public health, general practice and psychiatry. We welcome applications for academic secondments for trainees in these and other clinical specialties. Please send your CV, together with an email outlining your interest, to our graduate tutor and education supervisor, Dr Manuel Gomes.


The research department sits within the UCL's Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care and UCL's Faculty of Population Health Sciences. UCL's Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care holds an Athena SWAN Charter Bronze Award in recognition of its commitment to advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in academia.

Job Vacancies

All vacancies within DAHR can be found on the IEHC jobs page