Department of Public Health

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Do you want to work in a profession with a purpose? The discipline of public health is based on the idea that everyone has the right to good health. Please take a look at our multidisciplinary Department.

We are a group of researchers, teachers, experts and students with one common goal: to promote public health, each in our own way.

Our impact on public health is multifaceted: We train experts. We study various issues that influence public health, as well as the health care system and its operations. We develop new research methods. We teach the principles and methods of scientific thinking and research, as well as the prevention of diseases. We influence political decision-making in health-related matters. We also provide information and expertise to citizens.

The Department organises basic education in its field primarily in medicine, dentistry and the Master’s Programme in Translational Medicine, but participates in organising other teaching as well.

Further information on basic education courses organised by the Department: https://courses.helsinki.fi/

Instructors and researchers at the Department supervise theses completed during advanced studies in their own research areas. Those interested can contact them directly. 

The Department conducts active postgraduate education. Each year, more than ten researchers receive their doctoral degree from the Department. Departmental researchers are central to the Doctoral Programme in Population Health. Doctoral programme operations are coordinated by the Doctoral School in Health Sciences at the Faculty of Medicine.

Specialist education in occupational health care

The objective of the programme is to educate specialists who are capable of independent work, familiar with the connections between work and health, proficient in occupational health care practices and able to conduct multidisciplinary cooperation. The education is organised in cooperation with the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health.

Occupational health education at the University of Helsinki (in Finnish only)

The Virtual University in Occupational Health Care offers online learning material that supports specialist education, various online courses and an opportunity for networking nationally with other physicians completing specialist education.

Virtual University in Occupational Health Care

Specialist education in health care

The objective of the programme is to educate specialists who understand public health and preventive health care, and who are able to study, produce and, above all, apply population data in planning and managing services.

Training for immediate supervisors included in specialist training for physicians and dentists

When the decision on admission is dated 1 August 2009 or later, physicians and dentists completing a specialist training programme must also complete training for immediate supervisors.

Further information and registration (in Finnish only)

Further information

Further information on specialist training in health care and occupational health care, as well as the training for immediate supervisors is available at the Faculty of Medicine website and at meilahti-student@helsinki.fi.

Basic studies in public health are available to those students of other faculties whose studies require a basic understanding of the social and other factors affecting the occurrence of diseases, the preconditions and methods for investigating these factors, the prevention of diseases and the social impact of diseases.

Further information

Right to pursue minor subject studies

Those applying for the right to complete basic studies in public health must submit an informal and well-founded application by email to ossi.rahkonen@helsinki.fi or by mail to

Professor Ossi Rahkonen
Department of Public Health
PO Box 20 (Tukholmankatu 8 B)
00014 University of Helsinki

The right to study is granted by Professor Rahkonen. The right is valid for two academic years with the possibility to apply for continuation.

Registration for teaching and examinations

Further information and examination registrations at paivi.ijas@helsinki.fi. Participants must submit the examination subject, student number and contact details.

The multidisciplinary scientific research conducted at the Department is of a high standard. The high scientific quality of the departmental research is based on solid research traditions, as well as comprehensive research cooperation both in Finland and abroad.

Central research areas include

A consulting unit in biostatistics operates at the Department, providing statistical guidance to researchers working at the Meilahti Campus. Further information is available on the unit website.

Publications

To contact other staff, please see the People finder and contacts.

Professors
Minna
Kaila
Professor
Department of Public Health
Field of science Health care science
Anna
Keski-Rahkonen
Professor
Department of Public Health
Field of science Health care science, Public health care science, environmental and occupational health


MK
Mika
Kivimäki
Professor
Department of Public Health
Field of science Public health care science, environmental and occupational health
TL
Tea
Lallukka
Professor
Department of Public Health
Field of science Health care science, Public health care science, environmental and occupational health


LL
Lasse
Lehtonen
Professor
Department of Public Health
Field of science Public health care science, environmental and occupational health


JP
Juha
Pekkanen
Professor
Department of Public Health
Field of science Public health care science, environmental and occupational health
Kari
Reijula
Professor
Department of Public Health
Field of science Public health care science, environmental and occupational health
SR
Samuli
Ripatti
Professor
Department of Public Health
Field of science Health care science, Public health care science, environmental and occupational health, Statistics and probability, Genetics, developmental biology, physiology
JT
Jing
Tang
Assistant Professor
Department of Public Health
Field of science Statistics and probability, Computer and information sciences, Biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, Biomedicine, Plant biology, microbiology, virology
PT
Paulus
Torkki
Assistant Professor
Department of Public Health
Field of science Business and Management


Teachers
RA
Riitta
Aejmelaeus
Clinical Instructor
Department of Public Health
Field of science Public health care science, environmental and occupational health
Heidi
Furu
Clinical Instructor
Department of Public Health
Field of science Public health care science, environmental and occupational health
Sara
Kaartinen
University Lecturer
Department of Public Health
Field of science Public health care science, environmental and occupational health


RL
Rea
Lagerstedt
Clinical Instructor
Department of Public Health
Field of science Public health care science, environmental and occupational health
AL
Anne
Lamminpää
Clinical Instructor
Department of Public Health
Heta
Lindblom
University Instructor
Department of Public Health
Riikka
Lämsä
University Lecturer
Department of Public Health
Field of science Social policy


AP
Aleksi
Pajunen
University Instructor
Department of Public Health
Field of science Health care science
MP
Matti
Palosaari
Clinical Instructor
Department of Public Health
Field of science Public health care science, environmental and occupational health
KR
Kirsi
Ruotsalainen
University Instructor
Department of Public Health


AT
Asta
Toivonen
University Instructor
Department of Public Health
Field of science Public health care science, environmental and occupational health, Educational sciences
MT
Martina
Torppa
Clinical Instructor
Department of Public Health
Field of science Health care science
KT
Karolina
Tuomisto
University Instructor
Department of Public Health
Field of science Public health care science, environmental and occupational health

Researchers
MH
Marja
Heinonen-Guzejev
University Researcher
Department of Public Health
Field of science Public health care science, environmental and occupational health
OH
Otto
Helve
Research Director
Department of Public Health
Field of science Gynaecology and paediatrics


MM
Minna
Mänty
University Researcher
Department of Public Health
Field of science Health care science, Public health care science, environmental and occupational health
SN
Solja
Nyberg
Postdoctoral researcher
Department of Public Health
Field of science Public health care science, environmental and occupational health
OP
Olli
Pietiläinen
Postdoctoral researcher
Department of Public Health
Field of science Health care science, Public health care science, environmental and occupational health
OR
Ossi
Rahkonen
Research Director
Department of Public Health
Field of science Health care science, Public health care science, environmental and occupational health
ST
Suvituulia
Taponen
Postdoctoral researcher
Department of Public Health
ET
Elena
Toffol
Postdoctoral researcher
Department of Public Health
Field of science Neurology and psychiatry, Psychology, Public health care science, environmental and occupational health

Doctoral Students
AK
Anni
Karjala
Doctoral Student
Department of Public Health
Field of science Public health care science, environmental and occupational health
PK
Perttu
Kontunen
Doctoral Student
Department of Public Health
SL
Sohvi
Lommi
Doctoral Student
Department of Public Health
GM
Guiomar
Masip-Manuel
Doctoral Student
Department of Public Health
Field of science Public health care science, environmental and occupational health, Nutrition


JN
Jyri
Niskanen
Doctoral Student
Department of Public Health
JS
Jatta
Salmela
Doctoral Student
Department of Public Health
Field of science Public health care science, environmental and occupational health

 

Head of department

professor Juha Pekkanen
juha.pekkanen@helsinki.fi

Deputy head of department

assistant professor Anna Keski-Rahkonen
anna.keski-rahkonen@helsinki.fi

Address

Department of Public Health
PO BOX 20 (Tukholmankatu 8 B)
00014 University of Helsinki

Telephone: 0294 1911 (switchboard)