Supporting the improvement of health Supporting the improvement of health

By drawing together interdisciplinary expertise in the areas of health protection and health improvement, we are developing knowledge and understanding of the behaviours of individuals, families and communities in relation to their health and well-being. This knowledge is crucial to supporting the improvement of the health of individuals, families and communities, through our influence on policy and practice.

Our research is mainly related to the development, evaluation and implementation of non-pharmacological healthcare interventions, psychosocial aspects of care and health policy. We use a range of methodologies and conduct a full range of different types of research projects, from evidence synthesis and exploratory/feasibility studies through to definitive trials. 

In most cases, our research projects examine issues such as patient and carer motivations and decision making processes in issues relating to health. These include issues such as immunisation, screening and adherence to treatment regimens and the impact of specific conditions on the long-term mental health and well-being of patients.

Our current activity is focused in three areas:

  • Maternal and Child health
  • Supporting Health Literacy 
  • Living with Long Term Conditions

We welcome informal enquiries from prospective PhD candidates who are interested in one or more of these topic areas. For more information, including who to contact, please see the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Graduate School.