The Global Public Health Unit, led by Prof Allyson Pollock, is multidisciplinary and rooted in clinical medicine, social sciences, and law.
It is committed to Health For All principles and redistributive justice. It seeks to understand the role that the social determinants of health play in health and illness and to develop public policy and administrative solutions through critical engagement with policy makers, researchers, patients, the public, and our students.
The unit's research includes
- the role of public services and public funding in ameliorating illness and disease
- access to services and why and how people use services and treatments and barriers to use
- understanding the scientific and legal basis of health policies and health systems
- scrutinising the public health evidence base of interventions to understand the efficacy, effectiveness, benefits, and harms of prevention and treatment for individuals and public health priorities
- the legal, regulatory, economic, and political basis of health policy making
This work is generalisable from the local to the international to the global, and goes across disciplines and specialties. The strength of public health is that it is not constrained by clinical specialties, but requires inter- and trans-disciplinary working.
Our work domains include
- Health systems and health systems research
- Social determinants of health
- Pharmaceuticals, vaccines and technologies
- Injury and risk
- Behavioural interventions
- Public private partnerships