Applied Public Health Research

In the Research Unit for Applied Public Health, we carry out research aimed at understanding and supporting public health at population level.

We develop methods and theoretical concepts; analyse a broad spectrum of health indicators, experiences, outcomes, and behaviours; and investigate the effects of interventions, policies, and other public-health-influencing tools on populations.

Health and wellbeing are shaped in all environments and at all life stages, both inside and outside of health care provision settings.

Many factors shape mental and physical wellbeing, and these factors operate at multiple levels:
Each individual person is part of a family, a community, multiple institutions and organisations, and a society, and each person interacts in multiple and complex political, policy, and media environments.
All of these dimensions affect a person’s access to resources and, ultimately, his or her development and health.


The Research Unit for Applied Public Health is organised into three research group themes, each of which span multiple academic disciplines and perspectives. The three themes are:

  • Organising Public Health
  • Health Promotion and Intervention Research
  • Public Health Metrics

The research unit and its constituent research groups examine these themes while drawing on knowledge, concepts, and expertise from disciplines and research traditions including:

  • health services research
  • demography
  • biostatistics
  • health economics
  • health promotion
  • health interventions and evaluations.

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