Although health research appears in the media almost every day, most people find it difficult to know which studies are good quality, and which ones are not. At present, only a small section of society, mainly clinicians and researchers, are taught how to critically appraise scientific health evidence.
Now academics behind a new online tool that will help people “ask the right questions” and “understand and evaluate” health research, hope to change that.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us on our FREEPHONE number 0800 389 2129.