Since its establishment in 2002, the School of Health in Social Science has sought to deliver excellent research across the fields of health and social science.

Health and wellbeing are fundamental to our ever-changing world. Identifying risks to health, understanding these difficulties, and developing effective treatments are recognised as key challenges for contemporary society.

From local perspectives to global concerns, internationally-leading researchers in HiSS are at the forefront of using social science approaches to health to shed light on these problems, develop solutions, and evaluate the impact of health-related interventions. 

We are proud to have an interdisciplinary research culture. Social Science in Health research spans a broad range of disciplinary fields, including Clinical and Health Psychology, Nursing, Psychotherapy, Counselling, and Applied Social Science. The breadth of these fields is matched by a breadth and depth of approaches to research, including the methods used. This rich tapestry enables us to deliver high-impact health-related research, grounded by an awareness of the context in which that research happens.

Our work is tightly aligned to international agendas, including multiple UN Sustainable Development Goals. Within our School community, we value the contribution of all our colleagues, from early career to senior research leaders. In doing so we aim to articulate pathways to a better future for the health of society and future generations.

Explore our world-leading, innovative research on understanding and improving health, wellbeing and inequalities.

The School of Health in Social Science fosters a culture of responsible research conduct as part of our commitment to excellent research.

Find out how we engage with statutory services, communities, non-governmental organisations and policy-makers to deliver research that impacts positively on society.