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Try Science! with University of Glasgow researchers

Feb 9, 2016
Researchers at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit used their experience and work to inspire potential scientists of the future at Glasgow Science Centre’s Try Science Days on 4th and 5th February.

Prof. Anne Ellaway writes about the importance of actively using outdoor space

Dec 11, 2015
In an article published in The Scotsman newspaper Anne Ellaway describes how increased physical activity will help tackle obesity

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.

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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