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Research Profile

Maintaining and promoting the health of populations and population subgroups is one of the most important societal challenges today. Insights from public health research help to quantify health risks and to develop evidence-based interventions for health promotion and prevention.

Bielefeld School of Public Health lives up to this challenge. It is organized as a professional School of Public Health with a particular focus on interdisciplinary, problem-oriented, basic research. This is a consequence of the nature of the study subject "population health" which defies monodisciplinary access, both at the level of analysis and at the level of necessary interventions. Based on its interdisciplinary culture, our School analyzes and tackles pressing public health challenges in Germany, in Europe, and world-wide. These include, for example, the demographic transition which is associated with a growing importance of chronic diseases and an increasing need for nursing care, the persisting social inequality in health nationally and internationally, and the analysis of health and health care provision against the background of a progressive diversification of society (e. g. because of migration).

These and similar societal challenges constitute the background for the research orientation of our School. Our research interest includes the analysis of the physical, psychological and social conditions which determine health and illness in different population groups, as well as the analysis of the consequences for health care systems, health policy, health management and health system design. The researchers of our School use various theoretical, paradigmatic and methodological approaches from the various disciplines of Public Health in their analyses. Of particular relevance for our research is the combination biomedical and social-behavioral traditions of scientific thinking.