The Africa Unit for Transdisciplinary Health Research (AUTHeR) is specifically focused on bio-psycho-social health in the context of epidemiology toward preventing illness, maintaining and promoting health and facilitating quality health systems.

AUTHeR supports the World Health Organisation's definition of health which states that "Optimal health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity".

The transdisciplinary health research team takes a holistic approach to problems and opportunities specific to Africa and developing countries where health is affected by the quadruple disease burden as well as rapid urbanisation and where the empowerment of people and the development of human capital is a high priority.