Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics

Our centres

The Usher Institute includes the Centre for Population Health Sciences, Centre for Medical Informatics and Centre for Global Health Research; as well as our hosted centres.

Centre for Global Health Research

Building on the success of the Global Health Research Group within the Centre for Population Health Sciences and links with the Global Health Academy, the Centre for Global Health Research will take a world-leading approach to measuring the global burden of disease, prioritising investments in global health, influencing governance structures and processes, and innovating for global health.

Centre for Global Health Research

Global Health Academy website

Centre for Medical Informatics

The Centre for Medical Informatics was created, along with the Usher Institute, in 2015. The Centre has strong links with the Farr Institute, Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre, Innovative Healthcare Delivery Programme, Administrative Data Research Centre, Edinburgh Data Science and the newly established Health Data Research UK.

Professor Cathie Sudlow became Head of the Centre of Medical Informatics in August 2017, taking over from Professor Aziz Sheikh (now Director of the Usher Institute) and Professor Dave Robertson (now Head of the College of Science and Engineering).

Centre for Medical Informatics

Centre for Population Health Sciences

An interdisciplinary research hub, the Centre for Population Health Sciences (CPHS) draws together researchers, clinicians and practitioners from public health, primary care, biomedical and social sciences with expertise in epidemiology, statistics and modelling, sociology, social policy, psychology, economics, geography, health promotion, nursing and medicine.

It is a WHO collaborating Centre for Population Health Research and Training, and also hosts the Mackenzie Medical Centre, a General Practice surgery in Edinburgh.

Centre for Population Health Sciences

More information about WHO Collaborating Centres on the WHO website

The Centre for Population Health Sciences also hosts the Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit​

Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit (ECTU)

Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society

NEW: a multidisciplinary research centre that builds on the University of Edinburgh’s unique history of leadership in social studies of science and medicine to scrutinise the complex social, cultural and technological landscape that characterises contemporary biomedicine and health care.

Read more on the Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society website.

​Hosted Centres

Hosted Centres