Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care


Role in the HPRU

The NIHR HPRU in BBSTI is a partnership between University College London and Public Health England, in collaboration with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

The unit was set up to conduct state-of-the-art research to improve the sexual health of the population, and to help develop practical policy guidelines for those working in health protection.

There are three research themes within the NIHR HPRU in BBSTI, each concentrating on the key health protection priorities for the prevention and control of STIs and BBV. The work of the Infections in Primary Care Research Group falls under Theme B (reducing the burden of undiagnosed infection). 

HPRU structure

HPRU Academy

The HPRU Academy supports and funds five full time PhD studentships. The HPRU Academy brings together relevant and specialised education and training conducted by the partner institutions (UCL/LSHTM/PHE) to ensure that students benefit from a wide range of experiences and training.

The aim of the HPRU Academy is to develop and strengthen research and public health expertise in STI and BBV by:

  • Building on the successful graduate (PhD) and training programmes
  • Developing active collaborations with other NIHR HPRUs and their academies
  • Establishing seminar programmes and courses for professional development