Public health programme area

The very concept of public health suggests that it is about something other and greater than the health of the individual. The word resonates with the 1930s and 1940s idea that the state should create whole, clean and compliant citizens. It was also self-evident that the work was carried out from the top down, sometimes under rather harsh conditions. This is something that still exists in public health work, even though the level of public knowledge has increased and new research and knowledge about everything related to health is available to everyone, everywhere.

In addition, there are huge developments in health technologies that allow us all to check sleep, blood sugar levels, blood pressure, reactions to different nutrients, map genes, get full hormone, vitamin and blood analyses without much effort or cost.

Rather than harnessing the power of new technologies and people's engagement, public health policy is often reduced to demands for new regulations and restrictions.

At EPHI, we have a different idea. We believe in the capabilities of the individual and we believe in new technologies and developments. We also believe that public health is created from the bottom up and from the inside out, not the other way round.

Current projects

  • Healthier and greener food
  • Prevalence and organisation of vaccine resistance
  • Harm minimisation in STD policy
  • Effective measures against antibiotic resistance

News

Nicotine and the brain

Nicotine and the brain

Doctor David Eberhard has written a report for EPHI on nicotine, the brain and addiction. Mr Eberhard asks whether addiction itself is really dangerous and how we distinguish between an addiction and a habit. The report is available in both English and Swedish. Watch the call from Brussels...

Is slim a choice?

Is slim a choice?

Doctor Vincent Flink Amble-Naess has written a report for Ephi on obesity and medicines. Flink Amble-Naess notes that effective medical treatment for weight loss is now available. The question is who should get it, how it should be financed and how we...

Wine package or care package?

Wine package or care package?

One of the big news stories of the autumn, discussed around coffee tables at workplaces and in text message threads with friends, was about something that may sound as boring as "government communication on public health". I'm referring, of course, to the National Board of Health and Welfare's updated...

Ephi launches new report on obesity and medicines

Ephi launches new report on obesity and medicines

Doctor Vincent Flink Amble-Naess will soon publish a report on obesity and medicines at Ephi. Flink Amble-Naess notes that effective medical treatment for weight loss is currently available. The only question is who should receive it and how it should be funded....

Publications

Nicotine and the brain

Nicotine and the brain

Doctor David Eberhard has written a report for EPHI on nicotine, the brain and addiction. Mr Eberhard asks whether addiction itself is really dangerous and how we distinguish between an addiction and a habit. The report is available in both English and Swedish. Watch the call from Brussels...

Is slim a choice?

Is slim a choice?

Doctor Vincent Flink Amble-Naess has written a report for Ephi on obesity and medicines. Flink Amble-Naess notes that effective medical treatment for weight loss is now available. The question is who should get it, how it should be financed and how we...

Taste of nicotine

Taste of nicotine

Taste of nicotine Professor Fredrik H Nyström teaches future doctors at the University of Linköping and has long been a very productive researcher. A researcher who manages to combine his own research with the writing of more accessible popular science texts. In the...

Taste of nicotine

Taste of nicotine

Taste of nicotine Professor Fredrik H Nyström teaches future doctors at Linköping University and has long been a very productive researcher. A researcher who manages to combine his own research with the writing of more accessible popular science....

Obligation to exercise?

Obligation to exercise?

Mandatory exercise? Despite the fact that daily physical activity is probably one of the best things you can do to stay healthy, it is considered to be something you can do at your own discretion. This applies to adults, children and pensioners alike. Is it really reasonable to...