Education is essential for improving public health and well-being and reducing inequalities. Those with more years of schooling tend to have better health and well-being and healthier behaviours. Education is an important mechanism for enhancing the health and well-being of individuals because it reduces the need for health care, the associated costs of dependence, lost earnings and human suffering. It also helps promote and sustain healthy lifestyles and positive choices, supporting and nurturing human development, human relationships and personal, family and community well-being.

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Interesting Facts

  • Receiving a good education can better equip people to access and use information and services to improve their health and it also can improve the chances of finding secure, well paid employment, with subsequent health benefits
  • The Marmot Review emphasised the importance of ‘Giving every child the best start in life’. This involves sustained commitment to children and young people through continued family support, education, training and employment and collaborative work that involves schools, families and communities



1 – UCL Institute of Health Equity – Reducing Health Inequities through action on the Social Determinants of Health Education and Early Years Development [online] available from