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University of Bath

Lifelong health and wellbeing research

We develop health and wellbeing policies and programmes that target prevention and therapeutic treatments.

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We carry out research into the various factors that impact on health and wellbeing

Our research

Our researchers from the Department for Health work to understand the various factors that lead to overall health and wellbeing. A key aim of our research is to develop person-centred, socially-just and cost-effective interventions, policies and programmes which target both primary prevention and therapeutic treatments.

Many diseases such as cancer, obesity, type II diabetes and cardiovascular disease are linked to lifestyle factors such as smoking, poor diet and physical inactivity. Research is conducted into these health and disease risk factors in order to inform policy decision making and/or individual lifestyle choices. Other long-term health conditions such as permanent disability or aging-related illness require alternative approaches involving evidence-based support to manage ongoing physical challenges. In addition, poor mental health is closely connected to physical health and our research informs both the treatment and management of issues concerning mental health and wellbeing.

Further research in all these areas promises to improve overall health and wellbeing across the lifespan and we are developing cutting edge research around emerging health technologies to solve health problems and improve quality of life.

Our research methodologies are innovative and diverse as we seek to develop responses to identified major problems of significance in our field, such as:

  • epidemiology
  • systematic reviews
  • clinical trials
  • qualitative studies
  • policy and media analysis
  • participatory action research
  • digital interventions
  • laboratory mechanistic investigations
  • mathematical modelling and evaluation studies.

Our research groups and centres

We pursue this research agenda through the following research groups and centres:

Our projects