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.


Student profile

Lissy McLinton's outback medical placement

Third year medical student Lissy McLinton talks about her placement in the Northern Territory.


ANU scientists elected as Fellows to Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences

ANU welcomes the election of three ANU scientists as Fellows to the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.


ANU wins $5.5 million in latest NHMRC funding

ANU has won more than $5.5 million in funding for projects on major health issues in the latest round of NHMRC grants.

Research story

Indigenous smoking deaths on the rise despite people butting out

Smoking-related deaths among Indigenous Australians are likely to continue to rise over the next decade despite reductions in smoking over the past 20 years.


ANU science academics recognised at national university teaching awards

ANU science academics have been recognised for outstanding contributions to student learning in 2017 at the Australian Awards for University Teaching.

Research story

Healthy glucose levels the key to a healthy ageing brain

New research has found blood glucose levels even at the normal range can have a significant impact on brain atrophy in ageing.

Research story

Cut out sugary drinks to prevent type 2 diabetes, ANU-led study finds

A study led by ANU has found thousands of cases of type 2 diabetes could be prevented every year in Thailand if people stopped drinking sugary drinks every day.

Research story

Working together to reduce infection in extreme weather events

Researchers say health experts and climate forecasters should work more closely together ahead of extreme weather events, to prevent the spread of infection.


Volunteers wanted for new dementia study

Researchers at ANU are looking for people who experience memory or other cognitive problems to take part in a new study on how to reduce the risk of dementia.

Research story

ANU releases final results of Mr Fluffy health study

ANU has released the fourth and final report of its ACT Asbestos Health Study into the health impacts of having lived in a house with loose-fill asbestos.