LiLaC forms part of the wider NIHR School for Public Health Research.
The School for Public Health Research was established in 2012 to bring together leading academic centres in England demonstrating excellence in public health research and complement other NIHR funding streams.
It aims to build the evidence base for effective public health practice including what works practically to improve population health and reduce health inequalities and can be applied across the country to better meet the needs of policymakers, practitioners and the public.
The focus of the School is to continue to have a positive impact on public health, policy and capacity building. It will also continue to integrate with the public health landscape including Public Health England. LiLaC's membership of the NIHR SPHR was renewed into a second phase in 2017.
Following an open competition, the other members of the School in its second phase include the University of Bristol, University of Cambridge, Fuse - a research collaboration between Newcastle University, Durham University, Northumbria University, University of Sunderland and Teesside University, Imperial College London, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the University of Sheffield and University College London (UCL).