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.

School

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.

Stories

Analysis and opinion

Getting a heart check early can prevent heart attack and stroke in Indigenous Australians

New findings published today in the Medical Journal of Australia show room for improvement in heart health among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Research story

Working together for Indigenous health

“We need a continued, comprehensive approach.”

Research story

Study reveals gap in life expectancy for people with mental illness

Men who are diagnosed with a mental health condition in their lifetime can expect to live 10.2 years less than those who aren’t, and women 7.3 years.

News

ANU wins $12.8 million in latest NHMRC funding

ANU has won $12.8 million in the latest round of National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funding.

Research story

Overly demanding jobs put children’s mental health at risk

Jobs that are overly demanding at the expense of family time put the mental health of employees’ children at risk, a new study led by ANU has found.

Impact story (giving)

Seeking help with the Uni Virtual Clinic

The Centre for Mental Health Research created the Uni Virtual Clinic to widen the reach of mental health services to University students – by using technology.

News

ANU Associate Professor Philip Batterham wins NHMRC mental health funding

ANU Associate Professor Philip Batterham has won $352,000 in the NHMRC funding round to find better mental health treatments and care.

Student profile

Why I chose Science at ANU

Fourth year science student, Elmie shares some of her reasons for choosing ANU and why she thinks Canberra is the hidden gem of Australia.

Research story

Window on Indigenous health limited by gaps in data

Major gaps in data are impeding the ability of Indigenous communities to gain a clear picture of their health and access to services.

Research story

Age-friendly workplaces could make people healthier in later life

Australians could have longer careers and be healthier in later life if workplaces were more age-friendly and promoted healthy lifestyles to their employees.

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