The key focus of CHS is the inter-disciplinary study of health, illness and health care in local, national and international settings, which brings perspectives from the humanities and social sciences to the study of medical science, clinical and public health practice and health policy.
Sustainable Disease Prevention is an approach that recognises the interaction between the environment and the development of the high prevalence diseases. For example it includes the non communicable diseases (e.g. Obesity Consortium, Diabetes Consortium and Mental Illnesses) and communicable diseases (e.g. malaria, influenza and a range of vaccine preventable diseases- see the Nossal Institute for Global Health).