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Public Health Research in Europe

The contemporary health challenges – heart disease, cancer, mental illness, accidents, rare diseases – cannot be solved by individual medical care alone: a collective response including civil society is needed.

Public health is the branch of medicine undertaken at population level. It is concerned with improving human health through preventing and controlling diseases, health promotion and protection, and efficient and effective health services.

Research is fundamental for good policy and practice. Public health research includes a range of sciences – epidemiology and statistics, sociology, psychology and economics, environment, politics, law and management sciences.

STEPS is bringing together civil society organisations, researchers and national ministries to debate and development a European strategy for public health research. It is a collaborative study undertaken with financial support from the European Commission Science in Society programme.