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Call for Papers for Two new Sections!

BMC Public Health will be launching two new Sections:

Social determinants of health

- Mental health 

Both sections are now open for submissions.

Press Releases

NEW: Take a look at published papers that received national and international press coverage. 

Section Editor Highlights

NEW: Take a look at the highlighted papers as chosen by the journal's Section Editors. 

National Public Health Week

National Public Health Week 2019 is here! Click here to read recently published articles chosen by our Editors related to the themes chosen this year.

Quiz: Public Health Weeks 2019

New Content ItemThink you’re up-to-date with the latest public health facts, figures, and recommendations? Test your acumen below and join us in raising public health awareness for populations everywhere during this year’s Public Health Weeks.

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Featured article: Decline in physical activity often starts as early as age 7

Overall physical activity starts to decline already around the age of school entry. While the proportion of physically inactive individuals rises with age there still are groups of people who manage to increase their physical activity level in adulthood and old age.

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Featured article: First national estimates of virginity in Japan: 1 in 10 adults in their 30s remains a virgin

Japan has an increasing percentage of young adults with no history of heterosexual intercourse. Public health experts at the University of Tokyo completed the most detailed analysis of national fertility survey data to date to understand trends in sexual experience over the past three decades.


Featured article: Association between intake of red and processed meat and the risk of heart failure: a meta-analysis

Findings of this meta-analysis indicate significant connection between processed meat intake and risk of heart failure in Europeans but not in Americans. 

Featured article: How many cigarettes are there in a bottle of wine?

The well-established link between cancer and tobacco may provide a way to help explain possible links between alcohol and cancer, and raise public awareness of alcohol-associated cancer risks, according to a study published in the open access journal BMC Public Health.

To learn more about this study, please read Blog written by the authors. 

Featured supplement: Experiences and lessons learned in polio eradication in Nigeria.

New Content ItemA new supplement from the World Health Organization published in BMC Public Health explores the Polio Eradication Programme in Nigeria. 

To learn more about the supplement, please read Blog written by Dr Fiona Braka, co-editor of the supplement. 

BMC Public Health is recruiting new Associate Editors

We are recruiting new Associate Editors to join our international editorial board, helping to provide expertise on a wide range of different subject disciplines.


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Aims and scope

BMC Public Health is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that considers articles on the epidemiology of disease and the understanding of all aspects of public health. The journal has a special focus on the social determinants of health, the environmental, behavioral, and occupational correlates of health and disease, and the impact of health policies, practices and interventions on the community.

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Section Editors

Assistant Editors

  • Maxine Dillon, BioMed Central
  • Rosie Brooks, BioMed Central
  • Megan Barling, BioMed Central​​​​​​​

Jianguang Ji, Section Editor

Associate Professor Jianguang Ji, Section Editor of the Chronic disease epidemiology section, is a Senior Research Fellow in Medical Epidemiology at Lund University. His research has a strong focus on the influence of genetic and environmental factors on chronic diseases, with a main focus on cancer incidence and mortality.

Noriko Cable, Section Editor

Dr. Noriko Cable, Section Editor of the Mental health section, is a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London. She works on social relationships, alcohol use and mental health from childhood to late adulthood as well as cross-national examinations of mental health.

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