About the Institute

Our vision is to attract – and retain – the very best researchers to our world-class facilities who will go on to produce original and distinctive globally leading research, with the ultimate goal of improving human health and wellbeing.

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The Institute of Applied Health Research targets health burdens and inequalities across the lifespan locally and globally through two broad themes:

  • population health and primary care research
  • healthcare evaluation and methodology


We conduct research to inform practitioners and policy makers on novel ways to improve health. The Institute also has an extensive portfolio that we broadly describe as ‘methodological’, that would ultimately underpin the efforts to tackle major health problems globally.  Our experts provide key inputs to a wide range of applied health and translational research in the University and beyond.


The staff at the Institute of Applied Health Research makes a significant contribution to undergraduate and graduate medical education in the College of Medical and Dental Sciences at Birmingham. In terms of undergraduate teaching, staff is heavily involved in the MBChB curriculum, teaching across the five academic years and according to the Institute’s main research themes. In addition to this instruction, we offer innovative and exciting intercalated BMedSc courses as options, comprising a diverse range of themes, from medical ethics to public health, to medical students who have completed their third year of undergraduate study.

The Institute also has an extensive teaching and learning programme aimed at building research capacity in our nine defined teams and providing skills for people already working in the health sector. These include post-graduate taught courses, research degrees and short courses. Masters courses in Public Heath, Health Economics and Primary Care are offered that enable graduates to become leaders in their respective fields.