Causes of health and disease

Causes of health and disease

A key research focus in the high-profile area of Health Sciences is the investigation of causes of health and disease, which is a cornerstone for knowledge-based Public Health. In epidemiological research projects, both risk factors and salutogenic factors are analysed as influencing factors for chronic diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, and for mental and environmental health. A particular challenge in this respect is the elucidation of the complex relation between a variety of factors at the individual level and at the contextual level with a view to identifying starting points for health promotion and disease prevention.