Department of Public Health · University of Basel
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Welcome to the Department of Public Health

About DPH

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.

Strategic Goals and Mission


The creation of a life science research infrastructure with its Basel Area Population cohort will be of prime strategic relevance for the personalized health initiative. Such data are needed to link the –omics with health, diseases, prevention, and the community providing the health services.

The need for a strong infrastructure for comparative effectiveness and health economic research as a further requirement to position Basel as a primary player in health systems research with its high economic relevance.

The call for a sustainable strengthening of the next generation of health scientists which is based on strong PhD programs at the interface of science and education.