About the Department

The Department of Public Health was established in 1997. Our primary focus is to improve the health of the population and the connection between health and society.

The Department of Public Health fulfils its mission to provide the scientific foundation for efforts to improve public health, both nationally and globally, and to create greater insight into the links between health, the individual and society as well as the ethical, equity and political implications. This is achieved through research, education and engagement with stakeholders and the public at large with a wide-ranging multidisciplinary research agenda covering most aspects of public health at a high international level.

The research is carried out in our eight research sections and three research centres.

Read more about the department in "Department of Public Health – 25 years. Emergence, development and future of public health at the University of Copenhagen.


We are about 300 employees. Among these are approx. 110 professors, associate professors and assistant professors, approx. 155 postdocs, PhD students and scientific assistants and approx. 35 technical administrative staff. Clinical professors, affiliate professors and a wide range of tutors are also associated with the department.

Strategy card and goal plan

Department Strategy Card 2022

Department Goal Plan 2023-2026