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Aims and scope

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. BMC Public Health does not publish clinical research: this should be submitted to the relevant BMC Series medical journal.

The journal welcomes manuscripts in the following broad areas of research:

  • Biostatistics and methods including studies looking at statistical models and methods and their application to problems of human health and disease.
  • Chronic disease epidemiology including studies on the epidemiology of chronic diseases and the use of public health interventions for their control.
  • Digital health including studies that address digital (e-health) interventions and their applications in public health. We welcome research which seeks to improve public health through the application of novel technology at the personal, community and global levels.
  • Dental public health including studies on the prevention and control of oral disease and the promotion of oral health through organised community efforts.
  • Disaster and emergency preparedness and response including studies examining measures taken to prepare for and reduce the effects of disasters. We welcome research on the organization and management of the resources and responsibilities for dealing with all humanitarian aspects of emergencies (preparedness, response, mitigation, and recovery).
  • Education and training in public health including studies on the education and training of public health professionals as well as research looking at teaching volunteers and the community the skills they need to function effectively in contributing to public health efforts.  
  • Environmental health including studies on the environmental correlates of health and disease.
  • Global health and human rights including studies looking at the health of populations in a global context which transcends the perspectives and concerns of individual nations. We welcome articles on the influences of human rights violations on health in developing and transitional countries, as well as all issues relating to the impact of health policies, programs and practices on human rights.
  • Health behavior and health promotion including studies examining lifestyle choices and health behaviors, from drug, alcohol and cigarette consumption, to perceptions of safe sexual behavior and vaccine uptake, seeking to enable all communities to increase control over their health, and empower them to maintain, attain, or regain good health and prevent disease.
  • Health communication including studies examining the use of communication strategies to inform and influence decisions and actions to improve health; this includes the practice of communicating promotional health information, such as in public health campaigns and public health education.
  • Health economics and outcomes research including studies applying methods in economic evaluation and outcomes research to promote efficient and equitable allocation of healthcare resources in public health.
  • Health policies, systems and management including studies looking at the impact of health policies, practices and interventions on communities in high- and low and middle-income countries.
  • Infectious disease epidemiology including studies on the epidemiology of infectious diseases and the use of public health interventions for their control.
  • Injury and violence prevention including studies which address the social and behavioral influences on unintentional injuries, such as falls, drowning and motor vehicle crashes and violence such as bullying and child maltreatment. 
  • Maternal and child health including studies on all aspects of maternal public health, also going beyond pregnancy and childbirth. We welcome research in the field of child and adolescent public health that seek to help improve the complete health of people in the age range of infants to young adults.
  • Mental health including research that that will transform our collective understanding of this area, from the individual to the community level, and across all sectors. This includes studies that employ an epidemiological approach to examine stress, anxiety, depression, self-harm and suicide. We encourage submissions that address growing areas of concern, from technology and social media and its impacts on bullying and self-image, to issues of loneliness and isolation.
  • Nutritional health and epidemiology including studies examining dietary or nutritional factors in relation to disease occurrence in populations. We welcome research on the development of interventions to achieve and maintain healthful eating patterns among populations.
  • Occupational health including occupational safety and studies on the occupational correlates of health and disease.
  • Physical activity and health including studies examining the relationship between physical activity and health. We welcome research examining how behavioral, community, and environmental interventions may affect physical activity on a population level.
  • Public health informatics including studies on the use of information technology in enabling effective monitoring and surveillance, supporting improved decision-making, and improving population health.
  • Social determinants of health including research related to the social determinants of health, including, but not limited to, the influences and interactions of personal characteristics (sex, age, ethnicity, disability and hereditary factors), social and community networks (family and wider social circles), living and working conditions (work, housing, education), and general socioeconomic, cultural and environmental conditions (taxation, availability of work) on public health and well-being.