The IAHS is one of the two research institutes of the College of Life Sciences and Medicine - the other research institute being the Institute of Medical Sciences, which conducts laboratory based biomedical research.
The IAHS is an enabling structure that facilitates research for health services researchers and provides appropriate specialist facilities for their research. The IAHS pursues an agenda of excellence in health services research and scored a rating of 5 in the 2001 RAE. Its current research grant holdings stand at £38.5 million. The IAHS is currently training circa 70 PhD students.
The Institute's mission is:
"To improve health and health care delivery through excellence in applied health sciences research"
IAHS intends achieving this mission by creating a vibrant research culture that provides staff with the support and facilities required for the efficient conduct of research into the need for, access to and delivery of healthcare. The research contributes locally, nationally and internationally to the evidence base needed by individuals, health care providers and organisations when making decisions about maximising health and optimising health care services. As well as producing high quality research findings, the Institute contributes to building capacity in health service research by providing training and development opportunities for its members.