SEHR (formerly PEHRU) was formed on 1 August 2003, by bringing together three existing groups in the Faculty of Public Health and Policy: the Environmental Epidemiology Unit, the Health Promotion Research Unit and the Globalisation Programme of the Health Policy Unit. The resulting unit has a multi-disciplinary focus, with researchers from the fields of epidemiology, health economics, history, international relations, mathematical modelling, medicine and ethics, political science, sociology and statistics. Our research programme includes work in both high and low income countries, and integrates environmental, social and policy issues at international, national and local levels.
Examples of specific research projects:
- Drugs & health behaviour: high quality research to understand the social and behavioural aspects of drug use in order to inform, design and evaluate interventions and policies designed to reduce the health harms associated with drug use.
- Environment & health: climate change and health; participatory transport and health projects in London; cancer risks from occupational and environmental exposures; health impacts of housing; air pollution epidemiology.
- Ethics, Public Health & Human Rights
- Globalization & health
- Health impact & decision analysis
- History and health: advertising for health - the role of the mass media in health since 1945; cancer and public health - the role of gynaecological cancer; science, policy and post war smoking policy; user groups in British drug policy since the 1970s; the public/ private divide in addiction treatment; a short history of soap; plant medicines and international policy; Manson medical examination case notes - a study in historical epidemiology
- Reproductive & sexual health
- Social medicine: minimum income for healthy living, currently UK - young men, older people, as an issue for Public Policy generally.
- Spatial analysis in public health: The use of spatial methods such as geographical information systems (GIS), global position systems (GPS) and spatial statistics in Public Health.
- Weight management in primary care