Department for Health



Academic staff from the Department for Health discuss their research into motivation and positive health behaviour.

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We produce high-quality research with a strong applied focus. We aim to contribute to the promotion of population health and wellbeing, the enhancement of functional performance at all levels, as well as to improve the quality and efficiency of the health services. We pursue this agenda with a variety of partners at local, regional, national and international levels.

Our results from the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) reveal that ~90% of our research is world leading or internationally excellent.

Research environment 

We have excellent research facilities that enhance our research activities, and we have a strong body of academic staff and research students working within these areas.

Research themes

We have the following research themes based in our Department:

Research centres

The Centre for Pain Research (CPR) is also based in the Department, and conducts research into the technological development for the control of pain.

The Centre for Motivation and Health Behaviour Change was established in 2016. The Centre team apply the study of motivation related factors to develop innovative interdisciplinary behaviour-change interventions aimed at supporting and sustaining wellness, health, and functioning.

Research support

Our Bath Research & Development unit provides support for getting started with research.

Research partners

Academic staff from the Department for Health discuss their research into lifestyles and exercising.

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We also collaborate with Designability (Bath Institute of Medical Engineering) on a number of projects that enhance people’s lives.


External funders for our research activities include:

  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
  • Medical Research Council (MRC)
  • Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
  • Wellcome Trust
  • UK Sport, UK Athletics
  • Ministry of Defence (MOD)
  • Rugby Football Union (RFU)
  • International Rugby Board (IRB)

We are also funded by a range of other Government Departments, National Governing Bodies and charitable organisations.