Usher Institute

Population Health Sciences

We draw together researchers, clinicians and practitioners from public health, primary care, biomedical and social sciences - with roots going back to the first Chair of Public Health in the UK, established in 1898.

Leadership and people

The Centre for Population Health Sciences (CPHS) is led by Heads of Centre Professor Linda Bauld and Professor David Weller.

Full list of Centre for Population Health Sciences staff

Usher PhD and MD students listed by programme

Research groups

Current key research groups based in the Centre for Population Health Sciences include:

Projects and Programmes

Highlighted projects and programmes from within the Centre for Population Health Sciences:


Advanced Care Research Centre (ACRC)

The ACRC is an interdisciplinary research collaboration, combining a complementary programme of research and development to deliver innovation and change to later life care.

All Diseases of Vascular origin: International Collaboration for Evidence (ADVICE)

A group of international researchers and clinicians with expertise in evidence synthesis across a range of vascular disorders, including heart disease, stroke, peripheral arterial disease, vascular dementia and hypertension.

Artificial Intelligence and Multimorbidity: Clustering in Individuals, Space and Clinical Context

AIM-CISC is a research programme that aims to produce a detailed picture of multiple long-term health conditions (MLTCs) in the UK, and use the results of this research to inform future strategies in dealing with this issue.

Covid-19 and Tobacco

Generating evidence to support policy and practice to address tobacco use during and beyond the Covid-19 pandemic.


Drugs and Alcohol Service users Help to Exit Smoking


PReventing Gambling RelAted Harm in Adolescents

Behavioural Research UK

Behavioural Research UK (BR-UK) is a research consortium funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) via the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The consortium serves as a leadership hub that is part of a wider ESRC programme to build national capability for behavioural research. BR-UK has been awarded funding over five years from November 2023 to conduct interdisciplinary behavioural research to contribute to addressing societal challenges.

BR-UK is led by Professor Linda Bauld from the University of Edinburgh and Professor Susan Michie from University College London.

Behavioural Research UK (BR-UK) website

Implementing Improved Asthma Self-Management as Routine (IMP2ART)

IMP²ART aims to help general practices embed supported self-management into routine asthma care. It is funded by an NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research. The programme is led by Professor Hilary Pinnock.

IMP2ART webpage on the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research website

Edinburgh Research Explorer

Find details of research activities across the Centre for Population Health Sciences in the Edinburgh Research Explorer