INSTITUTE OF HEALTH RESEARCH
The University of Health and Allied Health Sciences Institute of Health Research (UHAS-IHR) was established in 2016 and became operational in January, 2017 to focus primarily on multidisciplinary research and provision of extension services.
The broad objectives and mandate of the Institute are:
- To conduct research into health problems of Public Health importance in Ghana using multidisciplinary approaches
- To develop research capacity to the highest level in as many disciplines as feasible and for staff through teaching and mentorship programmes
- To provide training opportunities for graduate students in health research
- To provide specialized laboratory diagnostic and monitoring services in support of public health programmes
- To coordinate research conducted in the University; ensure access to research information within UHAS and facilitate dissemination of findings
- Forge and expand research collaborations
To be a world class institute capable of conducting high quality cutting edge research and training in health and allied sciences.
- To address the health research needs of the Ghanaian population for national development and contribute to global knowledge production
- To use multi-disciplinary approaches that draw on a diverse range of expertise from all relevant disciplines to address health challenges
- To provide state of the art infrastructure for high quality research
- To ensure financial sustainability and be globally competitive
- To provide the enabling environment that would attract the best researcher scientists and highly motivated research students from across the world.
The Institute shall at all times be committed to the conduct of high quality research that is ethical and ensure integrity of data generated.
The UHAS Institute of Health Research (IHR) provides new intelligence, perspectives, and analysis on trends affecting all health-related issues in Ghana and beyond. The IHR will help executive health decision makers navigate change through primary research and collaborative exchange. Our views will be shaped by a network of professionals with executive and day-to-day experience in the health industry.
UHAS-IHR is organized through Centres that focus on thematic research areas rather than disciplines to promote multidisciplinary research that provides solutions to contemporary health issues. The Institute currently has the following Centres:
Each Centre has a minimum core group of scientist and in addition, draws on expertise from other Units at UHAS to facilitate interdisciplinary research. Provision is made for expansion of the current centres based on new opportunities and capacities built over time.
The Institute also has a Research Operations Office (ROO) responsible for the provision of research administrative support.
The UHAS-IHR is headed by a Director who reports to the Vice Chancellor. The Centres are headed by “Directors” but operationally equivalent to heads of department who report to the Director of UHAS-IHR. The institute also has an advisory board and management board.