About the Public Health Institute

A vibrant research community addressing health issues at a local, regional and international level.

The Public Health Institute (PHI) specialises in applied research and educational programmes addressing health issues at all levels from policy development to service delivery. PHI is committed to a multidisciplinary approach to public health and works in partnership with health services, local authorities, judicial bodies, environmental services and community groups.

Influencing health service design and delivery, as well as health related policy, the Public Health Institute’s research has been at the forefront of the development of multi-agency strategies to promote and protect public health. PHI turns information and data into meaningful and timely intelligence.

Our achievements

The Institute has been recognised for its Integrated Monitoring System (IMS), a pioneering drug and alcohol monitoring system. Shortlisted in the ‘Best example of advancing local NHS systems for innovation’ category at the 2015 North West Coast Research and Innovation Awards, IMS has helped identify thousands of individuals using drugs or alcohol problematically. It was produced by the Institute's Intelligence and Surveillance Team and developed in collaboration with commissioners and partners across several different local authorities.

The Institute is proud of its status as a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Violence Prevention. We work with WHO to support the prevention of violence on an international basis; cooperating with other countries to reduce both the levels of violence they experience and the impacts such violence has on people’s health.