Public Health makes 'World 100' in Shanghai Rankings

19 July 2017

The subject of Public Health at Deakin University has been ranked in the top 100 in one of the world’s most prestigious international ranking systems.

Researchers in the field of Public Health at Deakin have every reason to celebrate, with the recent announcement that the subject has been ranked in the world’s top 100 by The Shanghai Rankings Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2017.

The Head of Deakin’s School of Health and Social Development, Professor Catherine Bennett, said the ranking recognises the quality of Deakin public health researchers and their productivity.

“This ranking reflects the way we work. We are strong leaders and strong collaborators,” she said. “We are passionate about making a difference.”

She explained that Australia has been a world leader in public health research for some time, with 26 Australian universities ranked in the top 500, and that this result puts Deakin ahead of two of Australia’s Go8 (Group of Eight) universities with public health offerings (ANU and Uni of Adelaide).

“So, for us to be ranked in the top seven Australian universities is a great achievement for Deakin, particularly since it is the first time Deakin Public Health has been included in the Shanghai Rankings,” she said.

Professor Bennett noted that the Shanghai subject rankings focus on universities’ research achievements, particularly regarding the quality and quantity of articles in high impact research journals, and the number of international collaborations staff are engaged in.

“This is a whole-of-Deakin-Health achievement,” she added. “Public health researchers are associated with many areas of Deakin, including the Centre for Population Health Research, the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition, the wider academic community in the Schools of Psychology, Medicine, and Nursing and Midwifery, and my own School, Health and Social Development, which is a hub of public health teaching and research at Deakin.

“Deakin Public Health researchers are making a difference in many areas, including seeking ways to prevent obesity, gambling addiction, antibiotic resistance, as just some examples of the breadth of our work and impact.

“We have researchers focussed on ways to improve physical activity and nutrition, health literacy, living with disability, social inclusion and mental health, as well as enabling healthy aging, more effective health services, and influencing policy for the good of the public health of the wider community.

“Deakin also has excellence in the research methods that underpin Public Health research, including biostatistics, epidemiology, health economics and systems thinking, and a strong tradition in the application of qualitative methods in health promotion.”

Deakin ranked in the top 100 in four other subjects in the 2017 Shanghai Rankings: Metallurgical Engineering (40), Finance (51-75), Hospitality and Tourism Management (51‐75) and Law (76-100).

By Deakin Research

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