A three-year research project launched in January 2015 that aims to increase knowledge on policies that have the potential to promote health and health equity across European regions with a focus on metropolitan areas.

Beuth University of Applied Science Berlin (Laboratory for geodata analyses and visualisation, faculty III) participates in the following work packages:

  • Socioeconomic, health behaviours and lifestyle determinants of health and wellbeing
  • Environmental public health risks
  • Healthcare access and mortality profiles
  • Population Health Index and
  • Dissemination

Population Health Index

To achieve this aim, the project will develop tools based on a population health index that evaluates the health and well-being of the European population. This index will be informed by evidence on the relationship between multiple determinants with health outcomes over the past 15 years. It will be constructed using a multi-criteria model structure, following a socio-technical approach: integrating the technical elements of a multicriteria value model and the social elements of interdisciplinary and participatory processes.

Web-Based Geographic Information System

The index will be applied to evaluate the population’s health in 273 European regions and 9 selected pilot metropolitan areas, covering the population of 28 EU countries. The space-time analysis and comparison of the population health index will be enabled by a user-friendly web-based geographic information system.

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