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Global Handbook of Health Promotion Research, Vol. 1

Mapping Health Promotion Research

  • Anchors health promotion within a defined scientific discipline

  • Maps the research practices in the field of health promotion globally

  • Explores the ethical and epistemological dimensions of health promotion research

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Table of contents (53 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-lvii
  2. Researching the Practices of Individuals and Populations

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 19-19
    2. Participatory Health Promotion Research with Children

      • Colin MacDougall, Lisa Gibbs
      Pages 77-91
    3. Engaging with People and Populations in Health Promotion Research: A Snapshot on Participatory Processes

      • Valérie Ivassenko, Andrew J. Macnab, Danilo Di Emidio, Alfons Hollederer, Efrelyn A. Iellamo, Jimryan Ignatius B. Cabuslay et al.
      Pages 93-112
  3. Researching the Practices of Professionals

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 113-113
    2. Aligning Research Practices with Health Promotion Values: Ethical Considerations from the Community Health Worker Common Indicators Project

      • Noelle Wiggins, Kenneth Maes, Leticia Rodriguez Avila, Keara Rodela, Edith Kieffer
      Pages 165-179
    3. Intersectoriality and Health Promotion Research: The Perspective of Practitioners from a Brazilian Experience

      • Maria Cristina Trousdell Franceschini, Marcia Faria Westphal, Marco Akerman
      Pages 199-215
    4. Conducting Embedded Health Promotion Research: Lessons Learned from the Health On the Go Study in Ecuador

      • Irene Torres, Daniel López-Cevallos, Fernando Sacoto
      Pages 233-246

About this book

While research teams are producing relevant and valid knowledge for health promotion, there is not yet a structured manual and distinct field of health promotion research. This timely "state-of-the-art" handbook contributes to the structuring of such a field of research. 

This collection of original contributions explores the major epistemological, methodological, and ethical challenges facing health promotion research. It brings together experts from different "research traditions" that coexist in the field. The handbook covers the existing knowledge production and sharing practices to delineate the "discipline" and its agenda for future research. Ultimately, it contributes to the creation of a global community of health promotion researchers. 

The handbook is organized by four types of practices (what people actually do) studied in health promotion; the practices of:

  • Individuals and populations in relation to their health and its determinants
  • Professionals who intervene to improve population health
  • Policy-makers and institutions involved in the advocacy, design, and implementation of policies and programs
  • Researchers and innovators (academic scholars and global agencies) through which investment in research and production of evidence-based guidelines are made.

Global Handbook of Health Promotion Research, Vol. 1: Mapping Health Promotion Research is a highly relevant reference tool for researchers and graduate students in health promotion, public health, education and socio-health sciences; practitioners in health, medical, and social sectors; policy-makers; and health research administrators.

“The field of health promotion has long needed a critical yet reassuring look at its research in an age of skepticism about science and its pursuit in public health. Potvin and Jourdan have, through a meticulous process of obtaining a diverse collection of international contributions, created an excellent resource for contemporary health promotion researchers and practitioners.”

–David V. McQueen, researcher, administrator and executive in global health promotion


  • global health promotion research
  • health promotion interventions
  • Effectiveness of prevention interventions and programs
  • Evaluation of prevention interventions and programs
  • Knowledge production and sharing in health promotion
  • Methods of health promotion research
  • Ecology of knowledge
  • Paradigms of health promotion research
  • determinants of health
  • health policy and governance
  • population health-related practices
  • Epistemological issues in health promotion research
  • ethical framework for health promotion research
  • health promotion and intersectoral actions
  • health education
  • socio-health sciences
  • health promotion research and theoretical challenges
  • health research administration
  • practitioners in health, medical or social sectors
  • health equity

Editors and Affiliations

  • School of Public Health, University of Montreal, Montreal, Canada

    Louise Potvin

  • UNESCO Chair and WHO Collaborating Centre in Global Health & Education, University of Clermont Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand, France

    Didier Jourdan

About the editors

Louise Potvin is currently professor at the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, School of Public Health (ESPUM), Université de Montréal, Canada. She is the scientific director of the Centre de recherche en santé publique, the largest grouping of researchers dedicated to public health in Québec. She holds the Canada Research Chair in Community Approaches and Health Inequalities. She is a founder of Population Health Intervention Research, a domain of scientific endeavour that seeks to develop a cumulative body of knowledge on public health interventions, their planning, implementation, scaling up and sustainability. She is also a leading figure in health promotion research, more specifically through her work on the role of local environments in health inequality and local intersectoral action.

Didier Jourdan is the chair holder of the UNESCO chair "Global Health & Education" and head of the WHO Collaborating Centre for “Research in Education & Health”. He is full professor, former dean of the Faculty of Education and vice president of University of Clermont Auvergne in Clermont-Ferrand France. He used to be president of the “prevention, education and health promotion” commission of the French High Council for Public Health and director of the Health Promotion Division of the French National Public Health Agency. His research activities focus on the impact of health promotion interventions, particularly with regard to health inequalities, implementation mechanisms, professional activity and ethical issues.


Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Global Handbook of Health Promotion Research, Vol. 1

  • Book Subtitle: Mapping Health Promotion Research

  • Editors: Louise Potvin, Didier Jourdan

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Medicine, Medicine (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-97211-0

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-97212-7

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: LVII, 841

  • Number of Illustrations: 12 b/w illustrations, 43 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Public Health, Health Policy, Health Sciences

Buying options

eBook USD 159.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-97212-7
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book USD 209.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)