Population Health

We study of the health of communities and populations, including the determinants, distribution and management of health at the population level. 

Improving systems, services and policies for all children.

Watch as Yekta asks Professor Sharon Goldfeld how MCRI's research is helping to transform health outcomes for all children.

Watch as Yekta asks Professor Sharon Goldfeld how MCRI's research is helping to transform health outcomes for all children.

Our research

Our diverse team of researchers aims to improve understanding of the complex interplay of social, environmental, and biological factors, including genetic and epigenetic factors which control gene activity, that influence child and adolescent health.

We strive to translate this knowledge into effective prevention, early intervention and treatment strategies appropriate to diverse populations, particularly those affected by social disparities.

We look at large population-based cohort studies and health services intervention studies that span the continuum of the universal, primary and secondary care sectors.

Our researchers collaborate on an international scale and partner with government and non-government agencies across health, welfare and education that are aimed at improving the lives of children and adolescents.

Population Health groups

Centre for Adolescent Health (CAH)

Aims to improve the health and wellbeing of all young people, locally and globally. The Centre comprises two research groups:

  • Adolescent Health
  • Justice Health

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Centre for Community Child Health

Achieving equitable and real-life improvements in children’s health, development and wellbeing within a generation. Our three research groups are:

  • Health Services
  • Policy and Equity
  • Prevention Innovation

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Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics (CEBU)

Specialising in biostatistics, epidemiological methods, and data management.

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GenV - Generation Victoria

A research initiative designed to advance health and wellbeing in smarter and faster ways, designed to answer multiple questions such as preterm birth, mental illness, obesity, learning, allergies and more.

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Intergenerational Health

Intergenerational trauma and family violence are major public health issues that impact the lives of diverse women, children, families and communities.

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LifeCourse is an impressive array of longitudinal cohort studies and equips researchers with the tools, collaborations and access to produce more meaningful and robust research.

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Population Allergy

Helping prevent children from developing food allergy by generating, translating and evaluating new knowledge about novel strategies.

Explore Population Allergy