Over the past decades public health has built a sophisticated disease surveillance apparatus to identify and track population health issues, and has worked to generate knowledge on the (social) causes of poor health.

Public health has brought to life policies and programmes to monitor and prevent infectious diseases, to stimulate healthy eating and living, and to build healthy environments and infrastructures. Yet, despite all the knowledge accumulated and governance tools developed, the problems of reaching and engaging publics remain. 

During the last decades it has become clear that there are gaps between institutional perspectives and the perspectives of communities and citizens on health and ways to improve it.  Our research addresses disconnects between science, medicine, and society to bring publics into public health. 

Participatory Public Health Centre research programme is organised in three interconnected pillars. 

Our commitments to interdisciplinary methodologies, to action and impact, and to engaging public run through all the research projects we conduct.

Making One Health
Humans meet nonhumans

One Health concept refers to the interdependence between humans’, non-human species’, and ecosystems’ health. “Making one health” research pillar takes seriously the opportunity to bridge species, worldviews, and disciplines, offered by this concept.

In our work we challenge multiple exclusions that persist in public health to engage marginalised populations and concerns. Our work moves beyond the focus on risks posed by animals and environments to humans towards understanding multi-species engagements and making one health.

Making Inclusive Health Innovations
Science and technolgy meet society

Science and technology offer new possibilities for treating diseases and improving quality of life. Nowadays innovations in the field of health, including drugs, medical devices, new services, and forms of organization, are emerging at a rapid pace. However, health innovations often are not implemented in practice as is promised, failing to fit local circumstances.

They also raise new moral and social issues and tend to leave many needs unaddressed. “Making inclusive health innovations” research pillar investigates how scientific and technological advances can work for people’s health, including disadvantaged members of society.

Making Healthy Societies
Citicens meet each other

Public health is a collective matter and communities where people live and work have a real impact on their health. “Making healthy communities” research pillar explores how different stakeholders can collaborate on a local level for improving health, how citizens can meaningfully participate in developing public health initiatives, and how dialogue between different priorities and views can be initiated and established.