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Health and Wellbeing Research Portfolio

The world faces a wide range of health and wellbeing challenges, and the arts and humanities have the capacity to make significant impacts that can transform lives, experiences and healthcare practices. From how to age well, to better design of clinical environments, and using the arts for health education, the health humanities are a growing area that helps us understand this essential part of our lives:

  • It looks at the historical development of medicine and healthcare practices to help us learn lessons for future practice.
  • It investigates the cultural context of healthcare and health-related behaviour to learn about culturally appropriate interventions.
  • It explores diverse approaches to improving quality of life that extend beyond medicine.
  • It seeks to provide voice and expression to those who may feel unheard within medicine.
  • It aims to bring robust evidence to health-related policy and practice.

The AHRC funds health-related research through both responsive mode (open call) applications and strategic funding calls, working in collaboration with other UKRI Research Councils to support interdisciplinary projects. Read more about the research we fund in different areas below.

You can also follow our health-related research on Twitter by following #ahrchealth.

Specialist areas

Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR)

AMR is the ability of microbes to resist effects used to treat them.

Anti-Microbial Resistance

Arts and Health

Engaging with the arts and culture can positively impact on our health and wellbeing.


Global Public Health

Health and wellbeing research within international development contexts.

Global Public Health

Healthy Ageing

The challenges of demographic change and ageing well.

Healthy Ageing

Mental Health

Arts and humanities perspectives on mental health and mental ill health.

Mental Health

Medical Humanities

Projects that apply the humanities and arts to the field of medicine.

Medical Humanities


The Health and Environmental Humanities team at AHRC can be contacted at: heh@ahrc.ukri.org.