ESPRIT is a research group with a shared vision to reduce the economic, societal and human burden of preventable disease, and to generate evidence to guide research translation.

Our research, aligned with the overarching vision of UCC and national strategic priorities, is embedded in the health system and is impacting directly on national policy, on practice, and on health outcomes.


The overarching vision of ESPRIT is to create and translate evidence to improve health and healthcare.


  • Embedded in a number of Centres and Institutes, expertise in observational epidemiology and clinical trials is aligned with a number of the associated research areas within Biological and Medical Sciences, including Epidemiology and Public Health; Ageing, Women and Child Health; Food, Nutrition and Health; Cancer. 
  • Making a major contribution to the on-going development of four of the College of Medicine and Health in UCC thematic areas as research priorities, which include Food and Health; Women and Children; Public Health and Health Services Research; Cancer Research.
  • From a national perspective, mapped directly to the mission of the Health Research Board (HRB) recent strategy ‘Research. Evidence. Action 2016-2020’, to improve people’s health and to enhance healthcare delivery.

Our mission

ESPRIT is a national and an internationally recognised research group based in the School of Public Health in UCC. Researchers in the ESPRIT group maximise the use of existing data to establish health priorities and develop, test and inform the implementation and dissemination of evidence-based interventions and policies across the care continuum and across settings. ESPRIT focuses on person and patient-focused research in the areas of chronic disease prevention, management and treatment. Researchers in the ESPRIT group are current and future leaders in the fields of population health, health services research and dissemination and implementation research. Our research is based on a shared mission to prevent and better manage disease by generating and translating evidence into practice and policy.

ESPRIT fosters a trans-disciplinary team-based approach to research with early, mid and senior career researchers trained in epidemiology, public health, health psychology, medicine, economics, health economics, social science, public policy, health service research, implementation science, graphic design and interactive media.

ESPRIT Research Group

UCC School of Public Health, Western Gateway Building, Western Road, Cork,