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What we do (IHHD)


The Institute for Health and Human Development (IHHD) is a leading public health research centre. Our focus is on the health and wellbeing of communities, and the social factors that determine these.

Our approach is strongly end-user-focused, embedded in a community development and co-production philosophy.

We are a mix of multidisciplinary academic researchers and interventionists. This positions us at the interface between theory, evidence, policy and practice around community wellbeing.

We have a strong record of high-quality evidence syntheses, primary research into complex interventions and mixed methods study designs. Our flagship Well Communities and REACH Pregnancy Programmes have attracted significant local, regional and national research and intervention development investment by major funders.

Research and evaluation

IHHD offers high quality multi-disciplinary scholarship and research into the social, economic and cultural production of health and wellbeing. We also coproduce and evaluate innovative interventions to enhance health and wellbeing.


We are a hub of highly skilled multi-disciplinary researchers and practitioners committed to developing innovative solutions that have and will deliver real and lasting benefits to the health and wellbeing of communities across London, the UK and globally.

Teaching and training

‘Learning by doing’ – learning, teaching, employability and student success IHHD offers innovative short teaching and training courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, bespoke in-house CPD courses and supervision of PhD students.

Volunteering and internships

IHHD offers volunteers and research interns the opportunity to - increase their confidence and understanding in doing research; enhance employability skills; build knowledge of Public Health sector and access support with University studies.