UCL Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care - advancing health across populations

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



We are dedicated to teaching and capacity building in population health research and practice.



We aim to understand what determines health or disease in populations and we evaluate strategies to treat and prevent ill health.

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The Institute for Epidemiology and Health Care works in partnership with many international agencies, NGOs, Ministries of Health, educational institutions, the UK NHS and enterprise to improve health.



The Institute for Epidemiology and Health Care employs some of the world’s best scientific minds to work together towards improved public health for all. 



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Spotlight: Richard Marsh

This month IEHC talks to Richard Marsh, Institute Manager for UCL's Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care (IEHC)

Published: Jun 20, 2018 9:39:59 AM

Risk of dementia is increased in 50-year-olds with blood pressure below the current threshold for hypertension

New findings from the long-running Whitehall II study of over 10,000 civil servants has found 50-year-olds who had blood pressure that was higher than normal but still below the threshold commonly used when deciding to treat the condition, were at increased risk of developing dementia in later life. This increased risk was seen even when the study participants did not have other heart or blood vessel-related problems, according to the research, which is published in the European Heart Journal [1] on Wednesday. 

Published: Jun 14, 2018 3:24:59 PM

Professor Richard Watt awarded £1.5m by NIHR Public Health Research

Supporting parents to develop effective parenting practices is an important strategy to tackle inequalities in childhood but major gaps remain in the evidence base for universal parenting programmes, especially for older children and families from disadvantaged and diverse ethnic backgrounds.

Published: Jun 14, 2018 3:13:17 PM

Baby Food Matters

Dr Clare Llewellyn, leader of the Obesity research group in the Department of Behavioural Science (BSH) and Health, has published a book - "Baby Food Matters”. It provides parents with evidence-based guidance on what and how to feed infants and toddlers during the first 1000 days - from conception to their second birthday. The book summarises much of the research that has come out of the BSH over the last decade, and features the key findings from Gemini - a large population-based prospective twin cohort set up to establish genetic and environmental influence on early growth, with a focus on eating behaviour.

Published: Jun 14, 2018 3:04:53 PM

New BBC Short Film on Arts on Prescription

Dr Daisy Fancourt, Wellcome Research Fellow in the Department of Behavioural Science and Health and a BBC New Generation Thinker, has presented a new short film for BBC Ideas on the national roll-out by NHS England of Social Prescribing (whereby patients are being referred to the arts and other community programmes by their GPs). Since its release at the end of April, the film has had over half a million views through Facebook and the BBC website.

Published: Jun 14, 2018 2:58:39 PM

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