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.

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