Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care



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

We aim to understand and influence determinants of health and health behaviour across the lifecourse, develop and evaluate cross-sectoral policies and strategies to improve health, and optimise healthcare delivery and practice. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) over 80% of our researchers were judged as world-leading or internationally excellent and over 95% of our case studies were classed as having outstanding or very considerable real-world impact. Expertise in epidemiology, medical statistics, health psychology, sociology, health economics, public health, primary care, public policy, and improvement science is found throughout our interdisciplinary teams, which are located across the following four research departments:

The Institute has an internationally competitive research programme focused on:

  • Understanding the determinants of health and disease across the life-course in populations and in patients in clinical settings, including the investigation of genetic, biological, behavioural, psychosocial and cultural processes;
  • Evaluating strategies for the prevention and treatment of physical and mental ill-health;
  • Monitoring and surveillance of health and health care nationally and internationally;
  • Carrying out innovative work on behaviour change and on the practice of primary care;
  • Developing and implementing new technologies in teaching and research in population health;
  • Teaching and capacity building in population health research and practice.
  • Applied health and health policy research

The staff of the Institute is multidisciplinary, with expertise across clinical, public health, and primary care medicine, epidemiology, medical statistics, health psychology, sociology, health economics, public policy, information technology, genetics, physiology, and improvement science. As an Institute we have strong national and international interdisciplinary collaborations with a large portfolio of international research linked to the UCL Global Health Initiative.

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