What is population health researc​h?

Population health research has been defined as the investigation and analysis of factors that influence the health status of population groups, or whole populatio​ns, as well as the testing and evaluation of policies and interventions to improve population health outcomes. It includes research for problem definition, solution generation, and evaluation. It includes primary data collection and analysis, analysis of existing data, and systematic reviews of research. It involves a range of methodologies: quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods. It does not include clinical research, or health services research, although there is an interface between population health research and health services research.

NSW Health uses the term "population" health research, in preference to "public" health research, to reflect the broader focus of population health services at the state and local level.

For further information contact:

The Director
Evidence and Evaluation Unit
Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence
NSW Ministry of Health
Ph: (02) 9391 9292
Email: MOH_EEB2@doh.health.nsw.gov.au

Page Updated: Monday 13 April 2015