Improved population health

Reducing gaps in health through improved health equity

Improved population health

The O’Brien Institute’s leading edge research programs in population health and inequities focus on the health of the entire population, taking into account the environmental, social, and economic factors that determine our health potential. Reducing gaps in health through improved health equity, especially for vulnerable children and youth, leads to healthier populations, providing benefits to all members of our communities. 


We research new ways to improve health and prevent disease in the general population. Some examples of this include:

  • new vaccination programs to prevent the spread of communicable diseases
  • food policies to prevent chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension
  • design of healthy cities to prevent the same chronic conditions.

Please visit the Institute's research groups page for detailed information on research being conducted in our priority theme areas.