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About the Cochrane Public Health Group (CPHG)

CPHG Objectives

The Cochrane Public Health Group (CPHG) aims to work with contributors to produce and publish Cochrane reviews of the effects of population-level public health interventions. The broad objectives of the CPHG are to:

1) Facilitate the production and publication of systematic reviews of population level interventions that address the structural and social determinants of health, focusing on building an evidence base of what will increase equity and reduce inequalities on The Cochrane Library
2) Strengthen the editorial process to ensure timely and quality production of Cochrane reviews of significant and contemporary public health topics.
3) Build capacity of author teams locally and internationally, to produce high quality Cochrane reviews to add to the evidence base as well as contributing to workforce skills to use and build evidence relevant to public health decision making
4) Contribute to methodological developments for research synthesis of complex public health research
5) Develop/Adopt appropriate knowledge translation and exchange strategies to ensure published reviews from the CPHG have an impact on policy and practice development and continue to advocate for high quality research, evaluation and evidence, appropriate to the needs and context of public health practice and policy making
Develop strategies to build primary research and rigorous evaluations of population level interventions (policy, programs, legislation, community interventions), including maintaining a specialised studies register.

Scope of our reviews

We support, edit and publish systematic reviews of the effects of interventions to improve health and other outcomes at the population level, rather than those targeted at individuals, helping government and non government agencies make an impact on communicable and non-communicable diseases, as well as health, wellbeing, learning and social outcomes.

We focus on interventions which aim to address the structural and social determinants of health, operating at the level of community, systems, policy, legislation and regulation. This includes interventions and contexts that operate outside of the health service system – such as education, transport, the built environment, agriculture, child care and social services.

The Impact Factor for Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews is 6.186. The CDSR is now ranked in the top 10 of the 151 in the Medicine, General & Internal category.
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Brief overview available for background information on the transition from the Cochrane Health Promotion and Public Health Field to the Cochrane Public Health Group; and FAQs about the transition process.
Please contact us at jodied@unimelb.edu.au if you would like more information


The Cochrane Public Health Group acknowledges the generous support of the NHMRC (formerly the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing and the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth). Established by the Victorian Parliament in 1987, VicHealth is a world leader in health promotion and is globally known for its innovation and success in social, environmental and behavioural change. It partners with a diverse array of organisations, communities and individuals to facilitate projects and programs that promote good health and wellbeing, and prevent ill health. 

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