Through education, research and innovation activities that underpin a globally integrated health and social care system, the University of Leeds focuses on the social determinants of health, leading to prevention and early, effective treatments of ill health.
It provides research evidence to support the United Nations-led World Health Organisation’s global health programmes, and hosts a World Health Organization (WHO) collaborating centre in Research and Capacity Strengthening of Health Policy, Governance and Services.
It works with the Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development to improve population health and with Global Health Education Group on global health inequalities.
Central to the University of Leeds’ interdisciplinary focus on transforming health and care is the Faculty of Medicine and Health (FMH).
With a research portfolio of £60m, FMH’s 1,700 staff collaborate across the NIHR Leeds Biomedical Research Centre, the Leeds Cancer Research Centre, the Wolfson Centre for Applied Health Research, the Leeds Centre for HealthTech Innovation, and the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics.
Through its expertise in clinical trials, imaging and data science, precision medicine and behavioural change, the University’s research focuses on addressing health inequalities across cancer, musculoskeletal conditions, mental health and heart disease and rare diseases. It also focuses on health across the life course, addressing grand challenges in ageing, maternal and child health and multiple long-term conditions.
The Leeds Cancer Research Centre, launched in 2022, places Leeds at the global forefront of cancer research, and the new Children’s Health Outcomes Research at Leeds (CHORAL) Research Centre will expand research into key areas of child health, to benefit future generations.