Department of Public Health · University of Basel

Welcome to the Department of Public Health

What is Public Health?

Public Health is the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organized efforts and informed choices of society, organizations, public and private, communities and individuals. Common denominators of Public Health (PH) are:

  1. Involvement of many disciplines which share systemic approaches to health and social care;
  2. Focus is on entire populations rather than individual patients alone;
  3. Disciplines involved in PH share strengths in a variety of methodological approaches (quantitative (epidemiologic, health economic), qualitative, mixed methods research & implementation science), all approaches central to tackling the main challenges of health care locally, nationally and internationally.


  • We aim to promote the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities, based on local, national and global needs.
  • We develop, implement and evaluate real-life measures in interdisciplinary teams to provide independent scientific evidence for maximal impact at all levels of decision-making.
  • We train talents in health sciences with a commitment to excellence and knowledge circulation.