Institute for Global Health



Capacity statement


The UCL Institute for Global Health (IGH), based within the Faculty of Population Health Sciences, is the thriving research and teaching community at the heart of UCL's Grand Challenge of Global Health. In April 2016, Professor Ibrahim Abubakar joined IGH as its Director. Drawing on the expertise of over 200 staff from across UCL's departments, IGH takes a unique cross-disciplinary approach to global health research and teaching in response to the fact that health problems - and their solutions - are influenced by the social, political and economic environment, as well as medical innovation. IGH offers a range of high-quality teaching programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Experienced staff have created contemporary programmes in global health, uniting traditional public health concerns with economics, political science, psychology, law, philosophy, geography, anthropology and other disciplines. In addition to the learning opportunities available within IGH, students have access to a wide range of seminars and lectures throughout UCL. In April 2015, IGH was awarded the Athena Swan Bronze Award, celebrating good practice in developing the careers of women in Science and Academic Medicine.

Thematic Research Areas

Politics, Economics and Cultures - This thematic group is a multi-disciplinary team of anthropologists, political scientists, economists and epidemiologists who are interested in the roles that socio-economic and socio-political factors play in disease risk and progression. Research under the theme focuses on several countries in the global south and ranges from primary data collection on the economics of different health interventions, to strengthening our understanding of political level decision-making around health agenda-setting.

Population Health & Health Systems - This thematic group is concerned with understanding and improving the health and wellbeing of populations, and the distribution of health outcomes both within and between groups. The thematic group's research covers urban health, gender-based violence, non-communicable diseases, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health, disability, nutrition, reproductive health, and the development of new methods to measure population health.

Sustainability and climate change - This thematic group focuses on health, demonstrating how human values and behaviour are reflected by climate change. Placing climate change within wider and deeper sustainability contexts reveals not only the global health challenges manifesting, but also the opportunities available to use global health to achieve sustainability.

Infectious Disease Epidemiology - This thematic group undertakes research on the epidemiology, prevention and treatment of infections, including tuberculosis, hepatitis, HIV, and other common problems such as antimicrobial resistance and vaccine preventable diseases, particularly among vulnerable populations.

IGH's largest research funders are DFID, Wellcome Trust, Gates Foundation, RCUK, the European Commission, and the Children's Investment Fund Foundation. Within the Institute there are active research partnerships and field sites in Bangladesh, China, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Mexico, Nepal, Rwanda, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda and South Africa.

More details are available from our website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/igh