LSE Health is a research centre affiliated with the Departments of Social PolicyManagement and  Accounting. The Centre's unique research base contributes to the LSE's established world presence and reputation in health policy, health economics and demography. Its mission is to advance, transmit and sustain knowledge and understanding through the conduct of research, teaching and scholarship at the highest international standards, for the benefit of the international and national health policy community. Bringing together a core team of researchers and academics, LSE Health promotes and draws upon the multidisciplinary expertise of 30 staff members, 50 associated academics and a number of postgraduate students.

LSE Health staff contribute to a number of taught courses within LSE, including all of the Department of Social Policy’s health MSc programmes. Staff also run short courses on specific aspects of health economics and health policy.

Funding for research programmes comes from a variety of sources, including public bodies, charitable trusts and private corporations. Currently, research is funded by (among others) the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Department of Health for England, the World Bank, the World Health Organization, the European Commission, USAID, the European Parliament, the Commonwealth Fund and the Wellcome Trust.

LSE Health is a WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Policy and Pharmaceutical Economics. It is a founding member of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, which supports and promotes evidence-based health policy-making through comprehensive and rigorous analysis of the dynamics of health systems in Europe. The Observatory is a partnership between the WHO Regional Office for Europe, the Governments of Belgium, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the Veneto Region of Italy, the European Commission, the European Investment Bank, the World Bank, UNCAM (French National Union of Health Insurance Funds), the London School of Economics and Political Science and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. The Observatory publishes Eurohealth, a quarterly periodical which has become a primary platform for policy makers, academics and politicians to express their views on European and comparative health policy developments.

The Centre supports a number of other international research infrastructures, including the European Health Policy Research Network (EHPRN), which comprises a number of centres of excellence from both the UK and the continent, and the Health Equity Network (HEN), which aims to discuss, disseminate and promote equity objectives in various health systems in the world. The Centre has also helped to establish the mental health economics network in 17 western European countries with the aim of collating information and indicators for comparative analysis.