School of Public Health and Community Medicine

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Social Research

The School of Public Health and Community Medicine has a large group of social scientists and health researchers undertaking social research on health. Our research interests span developing contemporary social theory through to translational research and our backgrounds include sociology, psychology, cultural studies, anthropology, linguistics, political science, education, philosophy and epidemiology.

Areas of specialisation include social studies of public health, social epidemiology, the securitisation of health, social determinants of health, health promotion, culture, gender and health, sexual health, mental health, the quality and safety of care, community engagement, and teamwork and leadership in health care. This research involves partnerships with a diverse range of communities locally and internationally and collaborations with other researchers at the University of New South Wales, around Australia and overseas.

We have a strong cohort of research masters and PhD students, research staff, and MPH/MIPH/MHM students who come to social research via the core and elective teaching we do in the coursework masters programs. We also collaborate with SPHCM researchers in Global Health, Infectious Diseases, Indigenous Health, the International HIV Research Group and Primary Health Care.

Social researchers in the School include: