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Global Handbook of Health Promotion Research, Vol. 1

Mapping Health Promotion Research

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  • 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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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 itsdeterminants
  • 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.

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Table of contents (53 chapters)

  1. Researching the Practices of Individuals and Populations

  2. Researching the Practices of Professionals

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: 978-3-030-97211-0Published: 14 May 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-97214-1Published: 14 May 2023

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-97212-7Published: 13 May 2022

  • 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, Medicine/Public Health, general

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