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Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute

Public & Organizational Health

The Division of Public & Organizational Health focuses on positive health development in a rapidly changing context of work and organizations.

Health research in the modern workplace (contextualized epidemiology): Based on the job demands-resources health model and the salutogenic model, the division studies the influence of psychosocial working conditions, individual and organizational factors on health, quality of working life, and longterm organizational performance. Current topics include the influence of health-oriented leadership style, team climate, individual job crafting, and work-life boundary management on health.

Intervention and evaluation research in organizations: Based on the organizational health development model, the division develops and tests (IT-based) tools for health-oriented change processes in teams, leaders, and organizations. The corporate health index allows to measure core, generic job demands and job resources across organizations and enables evidence-based improvements of working conditions and health in organizations. The effectiveness regarding health, quality of working life and sustainable performance is evaluated by broad field studies in companies. Research: Work & Health

Teaching: Together with the University of Lausanne, the EBPI offers the Diploma of Advanced Studies in Work and Health degree (DAS Work+Health). Lessons take place at the Medical School of the University of Zurich, in the Master of Public Health (MPH, german language classes) program as well as at the ETH Zurich. They also teach and organize the CAS-Certificate of Advanced Studies: Psychology of Work and Health in the Digital World.

Network: The division collaborates closely with the Institute for Work and Health at the University of Lausanne and is a member of several international research networks.

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2nd Edition! Now Open-Access

More about 2nd Edition! Now Open-Access

After the success of the first edition released in 2017, the 2nd edition of the Handbook of Salutogenesis by the IUHPE Global Working Group on Salutogenesis has been published by Springer, again as an open access book! As both Salutogenesis-based research and practice dynamically evolved over the last years, the 2nd edition of the Handbook with 57 chapters and 88 authors provides a thorough update and expansion of this field.
Link to Handbook

A global survey of the future of work

This project fosters a greater understanding of how digitalization and the changing world of work are shaping society at a global level and can help identify ways that society could be better prepared for digitalization as well as potential problems (e.g., gender inequalities).
For more information please visit the project website: A global survey of the future of work

Center of Salutogenesis

Center of Salutogenesis

Salutogenesis is the concept of the origin of health (Antonovsky 1979, 1987), rather than disease. It focuses on strengthening individual and social resources that protect and actively promote health.
Center of Salutogenesis


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