Health Promotion

Health Promotion

What enables individuals and populations to lead healthy lives? Which individual, social and societal determinants need to be targeted to help people take control over their health? Which intervention programs are most effective in achieving change for which population groups? And under which conditions can health promotion programs be effective?

These are some of the essential questions that guide the work of the Unit for Health Promotion. To learn more about our view of health promotion, please click here


We carry out research in the following research lines:

Research line A: Social and behavioral determinants of health
Research line B: Health promotion interventions in different settings (schools, universities, work places and communities)
Research line C: Health in all policies

For more specific information on the research lines, please click here

For more information on the methodologies used in our research, please click here

For current and recent projects, please click here

To see reports by the unit click here


The Unit for Health Promotion Research is responsible for the Master of Science Program in Public Health at SDU, Campus Esbjerg and co-responsible (together with the National Institute for Public Health) for the Bachelor of Public Health Program, SDU, Campus Odense and the staff teaches on both programs as well as on the PhD level.

To learn more about the Bachelor of Public Health, please click here

To learn more about the Master of Public Health, please click here

From 2013-2017 the Unit for Health Promotion Research has been the main responsible organization for the educational export (curriculum development and quality assurance) of the Bachelor of Science in Health Education, Health Promotion and Epidemiology to Princess Nora Bint Abdulrahman University (PNU) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

To learn more about the Bachelor of Health Education, Promotion and Epidemiology at PNU, please click here


The unit has more than 20 employees, combining expertise and competences from a wide range of disciplines and from different country contexts. In particular, we have strong expertise in the areas of: health needs assessment of diverse communities and groups; development of tailored health profiles in communities with consequent policy implementation guidance; and health risk communication.

Our academic competences derive from a wide variety of disciplines, mainly: epidemiology, psychology, medicine, sociology, anthropology, biology, political sciences, health services research and environmental health.

For further information on our staff, please click here

Research networks

Research networks function as learning and collaboration platforms, often using internet technology. One example of such a network is the EIRA network (Evidence in Research and Action), which was started with funds from the rector of the University of Southern Denmark. To learn more about our networks, please click here

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