Institute of Health & Society




IHS undertakes innovative research and teaching to reduce health inequalities, address social injustice, and improve population health locally, regionally, and internationally.

Our research is grounded in the World Health Organization’s Right to Health, and in three United Nations Sustainable Development Goals:

This approach is shared with Newcastle University’s Global Challenges Academy and Institute for Sustainability.

All our work addresses the challenge of reducing poverty and health inequalities, and is explicitly addressed through our Social Determinants and Health Inequalities research team. In pursuance of the rights to health we have established the Article 22 initiative to identify the law and policy changes needed to secure economic, social and cultural rights in the UK.

Our research together is broadly divided into (i) health through the lifecourse and (ii) public health and health inequalities, underpinned by (iii) its methodological strengths in data science, biostatistics, epidemiology, health economics, evidence synthesis, and health psychology.

The Institute of Health & Society acts as the translational arm for Newcastle’s Faculty of Medical Sciences and supports implementation in patients and the community of the Faculty's world-leading biomedical research.

Our importance in translational research is recognised by our range of funding and responsibilities. We host Fuse, the North East’s Centre for Translation Research in Public Health, one of the five UK Clinical Research Collaboration centres of excellence in public health; the NIHR School for Public Health Research; and the NIHR Research Design Service North East. Our evidence synthesis team has a leading role in the NIHR Innovation Observatory; and we are a member of the NIHR School for Primary Care Research.

We are a strong multidisciplinary institute comprising clinicians, economists, lawyers, geographers, sociologists, anthropologists, political scientists, and others, who all bring their expertise to bear on health. We work closely with clinical colleagues and with our counterparts in the schools of Law, Business, and Geography, Politics & Sociology.

We deliver postgraduate teaching in global health, public health, health services research, and epidemiology. We also host over 100 PhD students at any one time, and contribute to medical and undergraduate teaching. We are the North East's leading accredited training centre for higher professional medical training.

Institute Advisory Board

The Institute of Health & Society receives guidance and support from an advisory board of eminent clinicians, scholars, and public figures.