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.


Research story

A third of Australian kids say their dads work too much – new study

A third of Australian children aged 11-13 years say their fathers work too much, a new study led by ANU has found.

Analysis and opinion

How do we decide which disease to prevent next? Long-term studies help

How do doctors, public health departments and governments know which disease to help prevent next? And how do they know which people to target?

Career story

What does an epidemiologist do?

ANU alumna Anita Williams reflects on her recent experience as a Field Management Officer in an HIV study in Malawi.


New study on community dementia awareness

A new study is looking for people aged 40 years or older in the ACT to take part in a focus group to increase community dementia awareness.

Research story

Early childhood the key to improving Indigenous health

A study into the health of Indigenous children has found programs and policies to promote healthy weight should target children as young as three.


ANU releases Mr Fluffy health survey results

The ANU has released the third report of its ACT Asbestos Health Study.


Extreme high temperatures set to break records

A climate and health expert at The Australian National University (ANU) has warned that extreme high temperatures across New South Wales.


Sexual orientation poses no risk to mental health

A study led by ANU has challenged a common perception that homosexual and bisexual people are at risk of poor mental health and suicide.


Antarctica trip empowers ANU women to become tomorrow’s leaders

Five women from across the ANU have visited Antarctica as part of the inaugural Homeward Bound leadership expedition to Antarctica.

Research story

Research reveals artificial thyroid cancer epidemic

Research led by ANU has found doctors around the world are over diagnosing the most common thyroid cancer, creating an artificial epidemic that costs billions of dollars.