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Public Health and Wellbeing

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Good health and wellbeing for all

Public health and wellbeing at Essex is local, regional, national and international in its research scope, collaborations and impact.

Our world-class research, health-sector collaborations, internationally-recognised infrastructure, community facilities, and researchers working across disciplines enable us to help shape public health and wellbeing policies and practice.


Our academic experts in Public Health and Wellbeing can be found from across the University and each present a unique area of expertise in the field. Each of our research groups and centres present academic members for each area of expertise.

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Essex Facts
  • More than £8m in research funding for health and wellbeing projects since 2018
  • Over 4000 papers publishes relating to healthy living and wellbeing since 2010 (based on SDSN keyword set search on Scopus)
  • 8 Knowledge Transfer partnerships ongoing or in development within the healthcare sector

The Institute of Public Health and Wellbeing

Founded in 2022, the Institute of Public Health and Wellbeing (IPHW) launched in response to the needs of a generation which has experience first hand how vulnerable we are. 

The depth and breath of the four research pillars in which it is based

  • social, biological and environmental determinants of health
  • interventions, outcomes, evaluations and policy
  • wellbeing and health promotion
  • human rights, community participation and voice

highlight how the IPHW embeds complexity and interdisciplinary research in its foundations. Instead of sitting in silos, we work together to further understanding of interconnections and potential advances.

Find out more about the Institute for Public Health and Wellbeing.

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The IPHW is an inclusive space fostering dialogue across a community of researchers, stakeholders and interested parties
Professor Mariachiara Di Cesare Director, INstitute of Public Health and Wellbeing

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