SAHSU Terms of Reference

  • To develop and maintain databases of health data, environmental exposures as required to meet a specific need, and social confounding factors at the small-area level;
  • To carry out substantive research studies on environment and health issues including studies of the relationship between socio-economic factors and health, in collaboration with other scientific groups as necessary; 
  • To respond rapidly, with expert advice, to ad hoc queries from the funding departments about unusual clusters of disease, particularly in the neighbourhood of industrial installations; 
  • In collaboration with other scientific groups, to build up reliable background information on the distribution of environmental exposure, socio-economic data and disease amongst small areas; 
  • To develop the methodology for analysing and interpreting statistics relating to small areas; 
  • To act as a centre of expertise, disseminating information on developments in spatial epidemiological methods to national and regional groups.