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First UK Trial of an Intervention for Weight Loss Maintenance Published

Aug 24, 2015
Dr Sharon Simpson of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit has just published an HTA monograph which describes the results of the first UK trial of an intervention for weight loss maintenance in adults.

What is different about health survey non-respondents? Distinct consequences of alcohol, drugs and smoking

Jul 7, 2015
The consequences of non-participation in health surveys have been examined by the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow in collaboration with Denmark’s National Institute of Public Health, the University of Southern Denmark and the Research Centre for Prevention and Health, The Capital Region of Denmark in Glostrup.

Alcohol and cigarettes give teenagers a boost in popularity stakes

Jun 29, 2015
If you’re in with the “in-crowd” at school, the chances are you’ll be a teenager who drinks and smokes.

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

Our aim is to improve human health and wellbeing via the study of social, behavioural, economic, cultural and environmental influences on health.  

Our more specific objectives include:

  • studying the multiple interacting processes through which biological, social, behavioural, economic, cultural and environmental factors influence physical and mental health and health behaviours over the lifecourse
  • discovering mechanisms which can modify these processes and have the potential to improve public health in a complex and changing world
  • developing and evaluating interventions which harness these mechanisms to improve public health and reduce social inequalities in health
  • influencing policy and practice by communicating the results and implications of research to a range of audiences

The Unit’s nine programmes of research have been recast into six new programmes.  A brief overview of each programme is provided below and the Unit’s website will be fully updated as soon as possible.

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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