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Health Service & Population Research


About Health Service and Population Research

The overall goal of the Health Service and Population Research (HSPR) Department is to conduct world-leading research and education using the social and health sciences to better understand and to improve health outcomes, systems, and care, both locally and globally, particularly in disadvantaged and marginalised populations. 

HSPR is multi-disciplinary, including health care professionals, epidemiologists, economists, implementation scientists, qualitative methodologists, service users, social scientists, and statisticians, and we work with academic, clinical, and policy organisations locally, in London and the UK, and internationally, in low, middle, and high-income countries.  

HSPR aims to:

  • Understand the onset of mental health problems 
  • Develop strategies for prevention and influence policy 
  • Improve access to evidence-based mental health services 
  • Improve the quality of mental health services 
  • Achieve the best outcomes for service users and their families 
  • Promote service user recovery and the rights of service users
  • Challenge stigma and discrimination 

Our research involves the rigorous application of the methods of mental health sciences to better understand population health and health systems and to evaluate the efficacy and implementation of services and treatments. This is carried out in seven Research Groups: 

Our teaching includes:

The Health Service and Population Research Department was founded in 1999 by Sir Graham Thornicroft, Professor of Community Psychiatry, and is currently led by Craig Morgan, Professor of Social Epidemiology (Head of Department), Sarah Byford, Professor of Health Economics (Deputy Head of Department) and Nick Sevdalis, Professor of Implementation Science and Patient Safety (Deputy Head of Department).

Our courses


Duration: 12 months full-time. September to September

Jointly run with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, this course will develop your understanding of the diverse issues in global mental health.

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The Senior Leadership team are:

Head of Department:

Deputy Heads of Department:

Business Manager:



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