Extensive, social-science based research on public health has been conducted at Stockholm University (since 1999-2000), with Centre for Health Equities Studies (CHESS) and Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs (SoRAD) as two of the leading institutes.

Broad research field on public health

The Department of Publid Health Sciences comprises a wide field of research on public health. SoRAD's research has been focused on alcohol, drugs and gambling. Research at CHESS has examined how social factors as well as societal structures and processes contribute to ill health and disease. Both have also received major, competitive funding from the leading research financiers in the field.

Social science perspective on public health

Jenny Cisnceros Örnberg and Mikael Rostila. Photo: Vilhelm Stokstad

Mikael Rostila, head of the Department of Public Health Sciences and former director of CHESS, sees it as natural that this institution now also can offer education in public health sciences at bachelor’s level, as a complement to the existing education at  advanced and postgraduate levels.

"By uniting as a department, I am convinced that there is the opportunity to develop and strengthen our profile - a social science perspective on public health," says Mikael Rostila.

“The department excels in research on inequality as well as research on alcohol, drugs and gambling. We also work on policy issues. Because of this, we can be an important complement to Karolinska Institutet's public health sciences institution, which mainly has a medical perspective," says Jenny Cisneros Örnberg, Deputy Head of the department and former director of SoRAD.

Move to Albano in  2020

The department’s over 60 employees will move to the newly, purpose-built premises at Albano in the autumn of 2020, to share premises with other departments that focus on public health.