Public and Global (Mental) Health, Transcultural Psychiatry and Migration and Health Services Research
The public and global (mental) health research focussed on by the department deals with specific aspects of diversity in the prevalence, etiology, symptomatology, treatment and prevention of illnesses in people from diverse socio-cultural contexts. Other key areas of the research are health promotion, the impacts of social exclusion upon health, the development of concepts in healthcare for socially disadvantaged groups, their implementation, and the evaluation of their effectiveness – both by those affected and by healthcare experts.
Our general theoretical principles include approaches from Transcultural Psychiatry, Migration and Health Services Research and Medical Anthropology.
Multi-disciplinary and multi-method approach
Our research is characterised by the multidisciplinary approach taken by our team of psychiatrists, neurologists, psychologists, medical anthropologists and ethnopsychoanalysts. The result – a multi-method fusion of approaches from the sciences and humanities - is the basis of our patient-sensitive research and reflections on the processes of migration and integration as they occur within the context of the health sector. Such approaches provide the foundations for the critical examination of social change processes and the way that they manifest in the health sector as a result of globalisation, migration and mobility.