The goal of social and preventive medicine is to investigate the interaction of social conditions, heath and disease. It is also described as the theory of and about health policy. Social medicine and its application (public health) uses findings from epidemiologal studies (the ‘news service’ of the health-care system) as a source of information and translates the findings of epidemiology into public health programmes in order to contribute to the promotion of public health. Social medicine is an independent discipline of non-clinical medicine and provides services for all areas of health care.
Medical University of Vienna
Center for Public Health
Department of Social and Preventive Medicine
Kinderspitalgasse 15/1. Floor
1090 Vienna, Austria
Rieder, Anita, Univ.-Prof. Dr.med.univ.
Phone: +43 (0)1 40160 - 34883
Fax: +43 (0)1 40160 - 934 882