About us

The Behaviour and Health Research Unit contributes evidence to national and international efforts to achieve sustained behaviour change to improve health outcomes and reduce health inequalities.

The main focus of our work is on developing effective ways of changing four sets of behaviour – smoking, excessive consumption of food and alcohol, and physical inactivity. Changing these behaviours positively would help to prevent the majority of the preventable non-communicable diseases, including many cancers, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Additionally, there are four cross-cutting themes applied to our work and these are titled: economic environment interventions, physical environment interventions, public acceptability of these interventions to change behaviour(s), and health inequalities. Click on the corresponding links on the right hand side of this page to find out more about our work.

The Behaviour and Health Research Unit is based at the Cambridge Institute of Public Health, in the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, within the School of Clinical Medicine at the University of Cambridge. It is funded by the UK Department of Health Policy Research Programme as the policy research unit on behaviour and health.

Further information about us can be found on our research, publications, and team member pages.