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Social and Economic Value of Health: Individuals (2017) An innovative research programme to investigate the impact of health on society and the economy

  • The Social and Economic Value of Health programme aims to develop knowledge around the impact of health on the social and economic outcomes of individuals and populations through funding original research.
  • We awarded six projects from universities across the UK between £150,000 and £350,000 for research of up to three years, starting mid-2018.
  • The six universities who received awards were University of Bristol, Loughborough University, University of Sheffield, UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies, University of Glasgow and Imperial College London.


The 2017 round of the programme aimed to generate new knowledge and expand our understanding of the impact that a person’s physical and/or mental health has on their own economic and social outcomes over the medium to long term.

The projects have been developing our understanding of the economic and social case for investing in strategies that maintain, protect and create health more broadly than through investment in health care. They seek to reframe health as an asset that can potentially deliver wider economic and social returns on investment. The projects are building evidence on the causal impacts of health, mainly by using date linkage and statistical methods, to better understand the effect of health status on social and economic outcomes.

All six projects will be completed in 2020/21.

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