Population health

At the ANU Research School of Population Health, we are committed to training the next generation of researchers and population health practitioners, who will improve the population’s mental and physical health through discovery, education and the translation of research into effective health policy and practice. Our work spans the full range of population health research.

ANU is the only Australian university rated “well above world standard” for public health and health service research in all three of the Excellence in Research for Australia evaluations (2010, 2012 and 2015).

Our research is conducted in the following centres and departments.

Centre for Mental Health Research

The centre conducts research which focuses primarily on mental health, including depression, anxiety disorders, substance abuse and bipolar disorder.

Centre for Research on Ageing, Health & Wellbeing

The centre conducts high quality, innovative research to develop strategies to optimise wellness over the lifecourse. The focus of the centre's research is concerned with physical, mental and cognitive wellbeing, and the social and interpersonal context of population health.

Department of Global Health

Our research, with a focus on the Asia Pacific region, investigates the transmission, distribution and control of infectious diseases; and looks at understanding how modernising and globalising lifestyles impact on both physical and mental health.

Department of Health Services Research & Policy

The deparment aims to improve the provision, management, planning and financing of health services and to provide evidence to assist health management decision-making. 

National Centre for Epidemiology & Population Health

The centre aims to improve the population's health through discovery, training, and the development of health policy that promotes equity, a healthy future and environmental sustainability. The centre's research builds on the disciplines of epidemiology, biostatistics, sociology, anthropology, demography, and integration and implementation sciences.


Research School of Population Health

Field sites & facilities

Explore some of the numerous of research sites and facilities established by our research schools in Australia and across the world. Researchers and students at ANU enjoy access to state-of-the-art equipment to help facilitate ground-breaking research.

Research projects

Browse research topics of the College of Science and the College of Health & Medicine with links to relevant researchers.

See our list of potential student projects to apply for PhB, Honours, PhD and other graduate degrees.


Public health student, Sai Lyons

Student profile

A balancing act of full-time work and online study

Working full-time, Sai Lyons has found time to do her Masters with an all online program.


Indigenous health study to ‘plug gaps in data’

The Australian National University (ANU) is launching the largest health and wellbeing study of Indigenous adults in the country.

Analysis and opinion

If we’re to have another inquiry into mental health, it should look at why the others have been ignored

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has promised to hold a royal commission into mental health if Labor wins the November state election. Last week’s announcement


Big Drought in Australia linked to spike in gastro cases

A population health scientist from ANU warns that the current drought affecting parts of Australia could lead to a spike in gastro cases around the country.


Researchers call for major re-think on sun safety

Most Australians are familiar with the 'slip, slop, slap' message, but new research suggests we're not taking sun safety seriously enough.


Collaboration the key to improving mental health services

A researcher from ANU is calling on our mental health sector to ensure people experiencing mental illness are more comprehensively involved in providing advice.


Think again: the executive pathway to a mental health PhD

The ANU Centre for Mental Health Research has developed a new PhD pathway tailored to senior executives in the mental health sector.

PhD student, Danielle Butler

Student profile

The MD with a PhD

When Dr Danielle Butler was working as a GP in rural and remote communities in the Northern Territory, she started to notice patterns.

Impact story (giving)

Learning on country

Roxanne Jones is a woman of the Gubbi Gubbi nation, now in her second year doing field work for her Masters of Philosophy in Applied Epidemiology (MAE) at ANU.


200,000 Indigenous people asked to be part of national study

ANU will partner with key Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peak bodies to conduct a national study of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander wellbeing.