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The study of population health is focused on understanding health and disease in community, and on improving health and well-being through priority health approaches addressing the disparities in health status between social groups.

There are a number of population subgroups who do not enjoy the same level of health as the general population and identified as priority population groups.

The population health role of the Institute is to provide timely and accurate information required to identify priority population groups and diseases where health promotion efforts should be directed. 

There are three categorisations of priority areas for health interventions: