Fostering dialogue across disciplinary boundaries, the Department of Health & Society is interested in understanding how socioeconomic, demographic, psychological, behavioural and environmental characteristics intertwine in the health experiences and outcomes of individuals and populations. Our research areas include reproductive, genetic and neonatal technologies, violence, inequalities, regulation and ethics of research and clinical practices, based on new public health concepts, such as citizens’ involvement, literacy and solidarity.


Through the lens of the social and behavioural sciences, our work contributes to improve information on citizen-centred care, health promotion and disease prevention; to produce evidence bases for health policies and regulation; and to understand health and disease experiences.


The merit and innovation of the Department are manifested in its strong and complementary multidisciplinary orientation, scientific and policy relevance, originality of the funded projects, ability to involve young researchers in training, and the establishment of vital links between research, teaching and advance training. A major strength is to approach issues combining an analysis using quantitative and qualitative methods, the investigation of policies that affect health and well-being and a concern with the politics and ethics of health, clinical practices and development.