Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research

Making sense of the social world

Health and social care

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Our programmes look at the portrayal of health and social care problems, the policies devised to deal with them and the impact of these policies.


Health and social care policy attempts to address numerous challenging problems within society: Should fertility treatment be available as a right on the NHS? Should older people pay for their own care? Are services delivered fairly to all sections of the community? Which policies are most effective in reducing social inequalities in health? You have the opportunity to consider these and many other important questions.

Our postgraduate research students' projects cover a range of issues within the fields of health services, social work and health policy. Particular interests include health care organisation and policy; risk assessment and management; primary care; public and user views of healthcare; care work in health and social care; adoption; foster care; adult attachment theory; mental health; child protection; race, ethnicity and health.


Telephone: +44(0)1227 823072 Fax: +44(0)1227 827005 or email us

SSPSSR, Faculty of Social Sciences, Cornwallis North East, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NF

Last Updated: 09/01/2018