Research School of 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 department 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.

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

Associate Professor Ray Lovett.

News

Aboriginal and Torres Strait smoking rates in decline

Smoking rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have declined by almost 10 per cent in the last 15 years.

A group of women stand in front of a building.

News

A toolkit to aid scientists and people with MS work together

A new toolkit developed by ANU will help researchers and people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) to work together.

Women with her baby in bed.

Analysis and opinion

We don't know if breastfeeding is rising or falling in Australia. That's bad for everyone

Despite its importance for women and children, the still there is no funding available to monitor breastfeeding rates in Australia.

Aerial view of houses

News

Optimising disease detection in an interconnected world

"In a globalised world, disease surveillance is only as strong as the weakest link."

Woman meditating outdoors

Research story

Does meditation change our brain?

Meditation has long been known to calm the mind and increase mindfulness, but what is the science behind this reduction in cognitive decline?