The Institute of Population health is dedicated to globally important and locally impactful population health scholarship, through scientific programmes and civic partnerships infused with education, learning and research in health data science, primary care and mental health, psychology, public health, policies, professions and systems.

Our departments assemble a critical mass of population health scholarship to understand how biology, behaviours, environments, policies and technologies interact to determine physical and mental health, wellbeing and life chances – thereby improving care for individuals and populations.

Our culture is inclusive by default – embracing a diversity of disciplines, methodologies and perspectives – working without boundaries between departments – and actively involving members of the public with different lived experiences, and civic partner organisations, to enrich our education, learning and research.

Professor Iain Buchan

Our institute is exploring the upstream determinants that cause many diseases. Approximately a third of early deaths are attributable to adverse social circumstances. It's our duty as a civic university to intervene and deliver actionable insights.

Iain Buchan, Executive Dean

Our departments

Public Health, Policy and Systems

At the forefront of research into public health and policy, and in particular addressing health inequalities through action on the social determinants of health, both locally and globally.  Underpinning our research, teaching and service work is the social model of health and how that can be applied to address health inequalities and inequalities within health and social care systems.

Health Data Science

Statistics is a powerful tool in everything we do: from enhancing our understanding of disease mechanisms to testing novel interventions, and from identifying risk factors of diseases to the development and validation of diagnostic and prognostic tools.

Psychology

Provides a dynamic research-based learning environment with an innovative curriculum and a solid foundation of psychological knowledge. Teaching is underpinned by world-leading discovery and translational research across five areas of excellence in Addiction, Appetite and Obesity, Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience, Forensic, Investigative and Conflict Psychology and Language Development.

School of Health Sciences

Provides professional healthcare education and training to people at all stages of their careers in diagnostic radiography, nursing, occupational therapy, orthoptics, physiotherapy and therapeutic radiography and oncology. Our clinicians and students produce leading research that is innovative and impactful for patients and clinical services.

Primary Care and Mental Health

Focusing on theories, models and interventions relating to primary health care and support for mental health and wellbeing. Our research and teaching activities are directed towards enhancing excellence in primary, community, mental health and social care at both a local and global level.

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Our research

Our research prioritises tackling existing and emerging population health issues, especially those that affect our community and lead to health inequalities.

 

Vision, mission and aims

Our mission is to deliver globally-important population health scholarship, through scientific programmes and civic partnerships infused with education, learning and research in health data science, primary care and mental health, psychology, public health, policies, professions and systems.

  • Drive research excellence to understand how biology, behaviours, environments, policies and technologies interact to determine physical and mental health, wellbeing and life chances – thereby improving care for individuals and populations
  • Consolidate excellence in methodology for quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods approaches to understanding, evaluating and running trials in health & care systems
  • Drive resarch-connected education into our excellence in professional training and well-prepared graduates
  • Embed our research and education in a world-leading civic learning system to improve the health and life chances of our local population.
  • Reward team research - working across departments and disciplines by default.
  • Embrace diversity, recognising that we're employed by society to think big, to think together, to cast our different lenses on the world.

Our leadership team

Professor Iain Buchan

Professor Iain Buchan

Executive Dean, Institute of Population Health

Professor Marta Garcia-Finana

Professor Marta Garcia-Finana

Head of Department, Health Data Science

Dr Jo Harrold

Dr Jo Harrold

Dean, School of Psychology

Professor Charles Leek

Professor Charles Leek

Deputy Executive Dean, Institute of Population Health

Denise Prescott

Denise Prescott

Dean, School of Health Sciences

Professor Sally Sheard

Professor Sally Sheard

Head of Department, Public Health Policy and Systems

Tom West

Tom West

Head of Operations, Institute of Population Health

Professor Fiona Rowe

Head of Department (Interim), Primary Care and Mental Health

Accreditations and partnersips

Athena SWAN Silver Award

We're proud to hold the Athena SWAN Silver Award, recognising our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Driving the Liverpool City Region Civic Data Co-operative.

School of Health Sciences programmes

School of Health Sciences programmes

The School of Health Sciences doesn't just deliver undergraduate programmes. It also provides a range of Foundation, Continuing Professional Development and MSc programmes. For more information, click here.