Fostering dialogue across disciplinary boundaries, the Department of Health and Society is interested in understanding how socioeconomic, demographic, psychological, behavioural and environmental characteristics intertwine in the health experiences and outcomes of individuals and populations, and to explore diverse modes of health governance. 


Through the lens of the social and behavioural sciences, our research areas include social inequalities in health, innovative health technologies (reproductive, genetic and neonatal), violence, health data governance and ethics of research and clinical practices, based on new public health concepts, such as health innovation, public and patient involvement, people-centred care and policies, citizen science, literacy and solidarity.



Major strengths include the scientific and policy relevance of our research topics, the team’s ability to approach issues combining an analysis using quantitative and qualitative methods, as well as a concern with the governance and ethics of health research, clinical practices and social development.