UCL Institute of Health Informatics


Institute of Health Informatics

Health informatics is about using information technologies to improve health, from big data to designing software used by clinicians, or apps used by patients. The vision of the UCL Institute of Health Informatics is to conduct high quality research that leverages health informatics approaches at local, national and international levels.

We are developing cutting edge programmes of research in the areas of Discovery Science, Precision Medicine, Learning Health Systems, Public Health and Citizen Driven Health.  These programmes of research are underpinned by: excellent secure data infrastructure; adding value to key linked data resources to make data research-ready; development of multidisciplinary methodological expertise; engagement with patients, the public and health services; strong local, national and international academic partnerships and excellent multidisciplinary training programmes.

Athena SWAN

At IHI we are committed to the principles and beliefs of the Athena SWAN Charter.

We aim to improve working conditions and create a working environment that supports all staff equally. Our action plan addresses priorities and initiatives for the next three years (up to 2018) across five key priority areas: support for students; support for staff at key career transition points; recruitment, promotion and retention of female staff and students; career breaks, workload and flexible working; and culture, communication and departmental organisation. 

Find out more about what staff and students think about working and studying at the Institute in relation to culture, attitudes and support: Watch the video about working and studying at IHI



Research Themes

We are developing coordinated interdisciplinary programmes of research using Electronic Health Records across the areas of Discovery Science, Precision Medicine, Public Health, Learning Health Systems and Citizen Driven Health.



The Institute works across clinical disease areas, including: cardiovascular disease, infection, cancer, mental health, ENT and neurodegeneration.



We offer a range of flexible taught and research postgraduate study programmes which combine theory with practice. 



The Institute brings together a diverse and skilled workforce, working together to improve the health of the population.



We aim to use big data and health informatics approaches to improve health at local, national and international levels.

Data lab

Data Lab

The CALIBER research platform consists of highly trained staff, data resources and tools, specialised infrastructure, and training and support. Find out more about the Data lab and the CALIBER resource.