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University College London

UCL is one of eight leading academic centres with excellence in applied public health research which make up the NIHR School for Public Health Research (NIHR SPHR).

UCL’s involvement in the School is led by Professor Susan Michie, along with co-investigators Professors Rosalind Raine, Professor Catherine Law, Professor David Osborn and Professor Kate Walters, along with eight further academics. The team is supported by Holly Elphinstone, UCL NIHR SPHR Manager.


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What happens to our mental health during a public health crisis?

The Public mental health programme and the McPin Foundation have launched Covid Life to document the impact of COVID-19 on people’s mental health.

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What are the most important factors influencing mental health across the life course?

Help develop a conceptual framework for public mental health and shape research, policy and practice by completing a survey.


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Developing a public mental health conceptual framework

This project aims to explore what underpins public mental health and use this as a foundation to develop a conceptual framework to support the work of public health practitioners and researchers.

March 2019 - September 2020

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Improving public mental health in adults experiencing psychosocial stresses and life transitions

This is the fourth work package in the Public Mental Health programme and focuses on identifying promising public mental health interventions which improve mental health in adults.

March 2019 - September 2020

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Harnessing data to improve child health

Children in the UK have poor health compared to other Western European countries, and there are large and increasing inequalities in child health, including for mental health and obesity. Over the last 20 years numerous reviews of evidence and policy have repeatedly emphasised the need to provide better support early in children’s lives if we are to have any chance of significantly reducing the inequalities in life chances experienced by people in the UK. To address these challenges, we propose a programme of work with a focus on harnessing data to evaluate systems-based approaches for improving children and young people’s outcomes.

November 2018 - March 2022

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Evaluating the efficiency and equity impact of food policies to improve population health

This work package aims to develop a method to estimate the impact of changes in diet in response to public health policies into medium and long term health, economic benefits and equity impacts to evaluate local food interventions.

01 Jan 2020 - 31 Mar 2022

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Extending The Alcohol Toolkit Study: Understanding the population context of alcohol use

The Alcohol Toolkit Study (ATS) is a monthly household survey of adults in England collecting data on alcohol consumption. This project aims to further develop the ATS to enhance our understanding of alcohol use and policy across England.

1 May 2017 - 31 October 2018



Contact information

Holly Elphinstone
SPHR Manager
University College London
London WC1N 3AZ, UK
+44 (0) 20 7679 5564

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