Changes in demographics and growth of the ageing population, an increasing need to use resources efficiently, demand for new skills in health professionals, globalisation of health issues, the non-communicable disease epidemic, shift of focus from treatment to prevention – all of these challenges influence public health.
Public health policies are aimed at sustained population-wide health improvement and reduction of health inequalities. Public health research plays a key role in providing the evidence base needed to support the development and monitoring of health policies.
Research to support health policy
The European Commission supports:
- research that addresses major current and future policy challenges for public health ( e.g. public health policy-makers rely on researchers to provide evidence to inform reforms of health care systems, to make them more efficient, equitable, sustainable, and resilient)
- research that capitalizes on the diversity of health systems across Europe and promotes the sharing of data, knowledge and best practices
- research related to health technology assessment (HTA), including work on HTA methodologies, hospital-based HTA, medical devices and complex interventions
- foresight projects in public health research, in order to provide analyses for future, longer term policy development in the health sector