Institute of Health & Society


Our research has four themes which address important societal concerns. These are underpinned by robust methodological expertise and the key scientific disciplines

We have close partnerships with clinicians, policy makers and practitioners. We also work with the end users of our research. This ensures that our work is relevant, and more likely to be adopted into practice.

This research agenda is exemplified by our hosting of Fuse, the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health.


Promoting evidence-based policy and practice for the benefit of patient and population health.

We have four research themes, underpinned by four scientific disciplines.

Research Excellence Framework

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) assesses the quality of research in the UK’s higher education institutions. The review process is managed by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). It has three main criteria:

  • quality of research outputs
  • impact of research (beyond the University)
  • vitality of the research environment

In the REF 2014, our Institute submitted to Unit of Assessment (UoA) 2 and the results are now published.

The Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008 produced the following results for Newcastle University.