Organization profile

Organisation Profile

The key disciplines in the CPHS are demography, medical sociology, social epidemiology and social psychology. The research within the CPHS is based on large population based studies on social structural and socioeconomic influences on health behaviours, biomarkers, health, disease and mortality; their psychosocial determinants, as well as consequences of health and illness. The CPHS teams apply advanced study designs and statistical methods and the outcomes of research are published in leading international journals. There is long-lasting strong international collaboration that has also lead to a large number of international comparative studies. The CPHS findings are used in monitoring of health inequalities and in policies to reduce these inequalities. Intervention studies within the CPHS contribute to more efficient health promotion programs.

The CPHS has a long experience of using various data sources that enable powerful designs to examine causes and consequences of population health. In particular, as part of the CPHS the ‘Population Research Unit’ has the responsibility for the maintenance and development of an individual-level register-based data set designed for the analysis of different demographic and social phenomena. This data set is unique and internationally well-known for its quality, and it covers 40 years of follow-up of the total Finnish population. Within the Faculty of Medicine the CPHS team is the only one in charge of social scientific research and training on population health.

The CPHS doctoral program ‘Population, Health and Living Conditions’ focuses on advanced quantitative health research, and the participating teams are natural learning environments for international level research. Active collaboration between CPHS teams and national and international research institutes provides excellent opportunities for students to participate in multidisciplinary research and provide excellent employment opportunities. Training has been international during the last fifteen years with leading foreign visitors and teachers participating in the seminars. A doctoral training programme with Swedish partners has continued for over ten years.

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Projects 2010 2025

Publications 1998 2019

Challenges and solutions for N-of-1 design studies in health psychology.

Haukkala, A. H. & Nurmi, J., 23 Jan 2019, In : Health Psychology Review.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Common mental disorders and trajectories of work disability among midlife public sector employees - A 10-year follow-up study

Hiilamo, A., Shiri, R., Kouvonen, A., Manty, M., Butterworth, P., Pietilainen, O., Lahelma, E., Rahkonen, O. & Lallukka, T., 15 Mar 2019, In : Journal of Affective Disorders. 247, p. 66-72 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Activities 1986 2019

CoE Age Care Winter School 2019

Anne Kouvonen (Speaker: Chair)
10 Jan 201911 Jan 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

The startup first aid kit

Kathrin Komp-Leukkunen (Speaker)
13 Feb 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Selvitys työ- ja elinkeinoministeriölle maahanmuuttajien rikollisuudesta ja sen syistä erityisesti seksuaalirikokset huomioiden

Martti Lehti (Consultant), Mikko Aaltonen (Consultant)
9 Jan 2019

Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancy

Mike Savage

Anne Kouvonen (Host)
2018 → …

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesAcademic visit at UH

University College London, Centre for Behaviour Change

Ari Haukkala (Visiting researcher)
1 Sep 201823 Dec 2018

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution


Prize for the best poster

Sari Johanna Nurmi (Recipient), 25 May 2017

Prize: Prizes and awards


NoWork, wave II

Komp-Leukkunen, K. S. (Creator), Kathrin Komp, 2017


NoWork, wave I

Komp-Leukkunen, K. S. (Creator), Kathrin Komp, 2016


Press / Media

Eläkeläiset jyräävät nuoret aikuiset äänivallassa

Hannu Antero Lahtinen


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

Uudet professorit

Anne Maria Kouvonen


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

Study International (COS)

Anne Maria Kouvonen


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Sosiaalipsykologi Johanna Nurmi tutkii terveyssovellusten voimaa

Sari Johanna Nurmi


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Growing old in Poland (blog)

Anne Maria Kouvonen


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media