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The Public Health and Health Promotion programme sits in the College of Health and Life Sciences, one of the most research active units in the University. We aim to conduct policy–relevant, applied research with methodological rigour. Most of our studies fall within the broad domain of critical public health and includes three cross-cutting research themes within the Institute of Environment, Health and Societies:

  1. Evaluation studies (Health Economics Theme)
  • Economic Evaluation of public health programmes / interventions / policies , specifically related to behaviour change interventions
  • Public health policy analyses
  • Measurement and valuation of health
  • Research evaluation,  including payback from research

2. Studies around ageing population (Ageing Studies Theme)

  • Ageing healthily – understanding beliefs and behaviours that impact on healthy ageing
  • Good care – developing effective ways of social care and transport and financial services
  • Ethical and legal issues – advance care planning and detecting and preventing financial elder abuse

3. Studies around social justice (Welfare, Health and Wellbeing Theme)

  • Health behaviour, experiences and interventions
  • Sport, health and wellbeing
  • Social change and wellbeing I the global south
  • Youth welfare, health and wellbeing
  • Wellbeing in general

Our staff members have published widely in these areas (please visit respective Theme pages to download the list of publications). Most of our research is funded by external grant income through the UK Research Councils, the Department of Health, Charities and the European Commission. We lead or participate in collaborative, multi-disciplinary research projects with external Universities, research organisations and stakeholders. Our PhD students and MSc dissertation students contribute to our vibrant research environment.

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