From February 2017, information about the work of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow is available and updated on the University of Glasgow website.

Methodological support and knowledge exchange

We are committed to building robust methods for researching emerging public health and policy debates.  To date we have developed a one-day methods course on media analysis using manifest and latent content analysis.  This course runs both in the UK and internationally by request. We are interested in developing new online methods, having explored the use of online focus groups and we are currently developing a platform for real-time data collection and an e-tool to help people make sense of health research.  

We are keen to build collaborations with a wide range of stakeholder groups.  One approach to building collaborations has been through organising workshops with policymakers, practitioners and public to inform and co-develop research plans.


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