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Institute of Urban Population Health & Care

Institute of Urban Population Health and Care

The new Institute of Urban Population Health and Care will act to galvanise and influence population health and care locally, across London and in urban populations globally.

It has developed from our successful Urban Public Health Collaborative between King's Health Partners and local authorities to bring about system level, sustainable, transformational change to health and health and social care locally with application further afield.

The Institute is a King's Health Partners initiative and the co-ordinating centre is the King’s College London Department of Population Health Sciences. It leads a collaborative network across KHP Trusts, King’s academic Departments and Divisions, NIHR Infrastructures and the Boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham.

UrbanPublic-400w mirrorThe Institute’s focus on science and research gives us the ability to design and evaluate interventions which will both help the local population and act as proof of concept to inform local, national and international population health policy on system change and its sustainability.

The Institute will be the ‘go to place’ in priority areas of prevention and health and social care transformation in the urban context and it will take a leading role in effecting these changes across sectors and organisations.


Our new Institute will be focused on:

  • improving the health and wellbeing, including mental wellbeing, across our ethnically and socially diverse communities and working to reduce inequalities;
  • transforming the nature of healthcare, by moving from treatment towards population screening and disease prevention;
  • being inclusive, by designing systems and procedures so that everyone is actively encouraged to become involved and has the opportunity to do so.


The new Institute will focus on a number of key areas that support the London Health Commission's ambitions and which we feel will have the greatest impact on the health of our population:

  • Improving quality of life
  • Improving early years health
  • Addressing the needs of those with mental illness
  • Tackling inequalities
  • Changing unhealthy habits
  • Utilising big data
  • Interventional research
  • Applied research & implementation science

Online Learning Module

The Insititute of Urban Health and Care has produced an online learning module which comprises 11 self-paced units on the following themes:

  • Health policy and systems
  • Economic evaluation and economics of health care financing
  • Priority setting in health care
  • Critical appraisal of evidence and evidence based practice
  • Introduction to epidemiology
  • Innovation, change and improvement

More information here.

Watch these videos about the new Institute:


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 Institute of Urban Population Health and Care diagram

For more information please contact:

  • Prof Charles Wolfe, KHP lead for Public Health and Head of the School of Population Health & Environmental Sciences:
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