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Portrayal of women’s drinking habits in the media offers biased, judgemental view

Dec 28, 2016
Women who binge drink are depicted more negatively by the media than men who do the same thing, according to new research.

Significant increase in E-cigarette use in Scotland

Sep 20, 2016
The 2015 Scottish Health Survey, shows a significant increase since 2014 in the proportion of adults who currently use e-cigarettes.

Is it good research? New online tool launched to help people tell good science from bad

Aug 8, 2016
What’s the difference between good and bad quality research? Why do the findings in one study appear to contradict the results in another? Which piece of expert advice should I really trust?

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.

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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