Welcome to the Institute of Health & Society (IHS)

Overview of public health video

Overview of public health
Sir Liam Donaldson

The Institute of Health & Society contributes significantly to Newcastle University's mission of Transforming Health. Our vision is to transform the health of individuals and populations through pioneering translational research and education in public health, health services research and health-related social science.

Our research is organised in four overarching themes:

  • unravelling the origins of disease across society
  • understanding health experiences across the life-course
  • developing and evaluating interventions to improve health and well-being
  • supporting health decision-making and the effective organisation of health care. 

These themes provide a coherent narrative for our research from the elucidation of health problems to evidence-based intervention for health and health care improvement.

Our work contributes to the consistent success of subjects such as medicine, dentistry, health and life sciences in the UK and international league tables.

IHS delivers both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in the Faculty of Medical Sciences and we provide professional education in public health. We also have a vibrant community of students pursuing postgraduate research, many via prestigious fellowships which we actively support.

The Institute is also the hub for Fuse, the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health funded via the UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC). This Public Health Research Centre of Excellence brings together the five North East Universities with Practice and Policy partners from across the North East of England. We also host the Newcastle Clinical Trials Unit and the Research Design Service North East.

IHS formed in 2006 and moved to the purpose built Baddiley-Clark Building in March 2010. The building was formally opened by the University Chancellor, Professor Sir Liam Donaldson in April 2011.