Interdisciplinary Research in Public Health: Not quite straightforward

  • Edwin Roland van Teijlingen Bournmouth University, UK http://orcid.org/0000-0001-5523-8583
  • Pramod R. Regmi Bournemouth University, UK
  • Pratik Adhikary Manmohan Memorial Institute of Health Sciences, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Nirmal Aryal Bournemouth University, UK
  • Padam Simkhada Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK
Keywords: Multidisciplinarity, interdisciplinarity, cross-disciplinary, transdisciplinary, collaboration

Abstract

Over the past few years the practice of disciplines collaborating in interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary research has grown in popularity and not just in the health field. In a multi-faceted discipline such as Public Health, interdisciplinary approaches are a welcome addition to the research field. Interdisciplinary research can bring new insights and understanding across disciplinary boundaries. Novel interdisciplinary research can transcend disciplinary boundaries to address sophisticated and so-called wicked problems in society. However, there are potential difficulties arising from researchers trained in different individual disciplines attempting to work together. We have highlighted some of these issues which interdisciplinary research in Public Health needs to consider and, where necessary, address before they become barriers.

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Author Biographies

Edwin Roland van Teijlingen, Bournmouth University, UK

Faculty of Health & Social Sciences, Bournemouth University, UK
Visiting Professor, Manmohan Memorial Institute of Health Sciences, Kathmandu, Nepal
Visiting Professor, Nobel College, Pokhara University, Nepal

Pramod R. Regmi, Bournemouth University, UK

Faculty of Health & Social Sciences, Bournemouth University, UK.
Visiting Research Fellow, Chitwan Medical College, Nepal
Visiting Fellow, DattaMeghe Institute of Medical Sciences, India

Pratik Adhikary, Manmohan Memorial Institute of Health Sciences, Kathmandu, Nepal

Assistant Professor

Nirmal Aryal, Bournemouth University, UK

Faculty of Health & Social Sciences

Padam Simkhada, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK

Visiting Professor, Manmohan Memorial Institute of Health Sciences, Kathmandu, Nepal
Visiting Professor, Nobel College, Pokhara University, Nepal
Professor, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK

Published
2019-03-02
How to Cite
van Teijlingen, E., Regmi, P., Adhikary, P., Aryal, N., & Simkhada, P. (2019). Interdisciplinary Research in Public Health: Not quite straightforward. Health Prospect, 18(1), 4-7. https://doi.org/10.3126/hprospect.v18i1.19337
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