Centre for Population Health Research

Committed to research excellence and recognised on the world stage, studies in population health at the University of South Australia open the door to a successful career in public health and offer significant opportunities to pursue a dynamic research career.

The Centre for Population health comprises the following research groups:


Public Health

Public Health research concentration

Professor Robyn McDermott & Professor Kerin O'Dea
Discovering how different social, behavioural and system-level factors influence health and identifying innovative ways to prevent illness and optimise wellbeing.


Cancer Epidemiology

Cancer Epidemiology research group

Professor David Roder
Producing and translating research evidence to improve cancer patient outcomes and to inform on how best to deliver care from cancer-related health services.


Improving Chronic Disease Outcomes for Indigenous Australians

Improving Chronic Disease Outcomes for Indigenous Australians

Professor Kerin O' Dea
Understanding the outcomes of Indigenous Health to minimise their adverse impacts and improve health overall.


Centre for Research Excellence in Chronic Disease Prevention in Rural and Remote Communities

Centre for Research Excellence in Chronic Disease Prevention in Rural and Remote Communities

Professor Robyn McDermott
Investigating community and health service based strategies to prevent the onset of chronic diseases in healthy adults and children.


Social Epidemiology and Evaluation

Spatial Epidemiology and Evaluation research group

Professor Mark Daniel
Researching interventions which support changing community environments to enable people, individually and collectively, to optimise their potential and quality of life.


Health Economics and Social Policy

Health Economics and Social Policy group

Professor Leonie Segal
Exploring how to effectively allocate resources to improve the health and wellbeing of the community.


Nutritional and Genetic Epidemiology

Nutritional and Genetic Epidemiology Research Group

Professor Elina Hyppönen
Utilising tools from observational and genetic epidemiology to investigate the role of nutrition in public health, with a strong focus on method development.


Areas of study and research

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