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Out of the mouths of babes: Researchers go straight to the source to understand the lives of children

Jun 30, 2016
Researchers have taken the unusual step of gathering information first-hand from seven-year-old children to get a better understanding of what makes young children feel good about their lives.

MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit Hosts Symposium on Health in Prisons

May 20, 2016
Researchers and practitioners across the UK and Europe came to Glasgow on 18th and 19th May for a ground-breaking symposium on health and prisons hosted by the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, with the Scottish Prison Service, and the Royal Holloway University of London. Funding for the symposium was provided by the Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness.

Young adults in Britain more likely to drink heavily if they smoke or have a higher education background

May 10, 2016
Young adults in Britain are more likely to drink heavily if they smoke or have attended higher education (college and university), new research has found.

Welcome to the website of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow.

Our aim is to promote human health by the study of social , behavioural, economic and environmental influences on health. We have five objectives:

  • to study the multiple interacting processes through which biological, social, behavioural, economic and environmental factors influence physical and mental health over the lifecourse;
  • to discover mechanisms which can modify these processes and have the potential to improve population health in a complex world;
  • to develop translational interventions which harness these mechanisms to improve public health and reduce social inequalities in health;
  • to evaluate interventions and policies in terms of their ability to improve public health and reduce social inequalities in health;
  • to influence policy and practice by communicating the results and implications of research to policy, professional and lay audiences.

The Unit’s nine programmes of research have been recast into six new programmes.

Complexity in Health Improvement

Measurement and Analysis of Socio-economic Inequalities in Health

Social Relationships and Health Improvement

Understanding and Improving Health within Settings and Organisations

Neighbourhoods and Communities

Informing Healthy Public Policy

The Unit receives core funding from the UK Medical Research Council and the Chief Scientist Office at the Scottish Government Health Directorates. It is a University Unit within the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences at the University of Glasgow and is part of the Institute of Health and Wellbeing.

If you are taking part in one of our studies and would like further information, please click here and select the study from the menu or email us at survadmin@sphsu.mrc.ac.uk or  contact us on our FREEPHONE number 0800 389 2129.


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