Designation 2017-2021

The World Health Organization has redesignated the Health Promotion Research Centre (HPRC) at NUI Galway as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Promotion Research for a further four year period up to 2021 (original designation received in 2009).  Researchers at the HPRC support the work programme of WHO Headquarters in Geneva and the WHO Regional Office for Europe, providing technical support and research to advance health promotion policy and practice at regional and international levels.

“We are delighted to continue this important collaboration with WHO Geneva and WHO Europe and greatly value working with WHO partners in advancing strategic Health Promotion policies and actions for promoting population health and wellbeing,  says Professor Margaret Barry, Head of the WHO Collaborating Centre at NUI Galway.


Our Aim

The aim of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Promotion Research at NUI Galway is:

  • To support the WHO work programme in developing health promotion capacity through the translation of health promotion research into policy and practice.


The Terms of Reference:

  1. To support WHO in implementing the Shanghai Declaration (WHO, 2016) through providing technical support on evidence-informed health promotion actions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (UN, 2015). This will constitute the following activities:

    • Developing intersectoral action for promoting population mental health and wellbeing (with reference to SDG3.4).
    • Progressing action on effective ways of developing health literate organizations.
    • Contributing to advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (with particular reference to SDG 11) through developing knowledge resources for effective action in partnership with Healthy Cities and Communities.
  2. To support the WHO Europe Regional Office implementation of ‘Investing in Children: Child and Adolescent Health Strategy 2015-2020’.


Core Focus of Our Work:

A key focus for the next four years is developing translational research papers and resources on population mental health and wellbeing, and developing best practice in promoting health literacy, healthier cities and communities. The WHO Collaborating Centre will also advance health promotion action in implementing the WHO Europe Child and Adolescent Health Strategy and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.


Delegates at the WHO Euro Collaborating Centre Meeting, Galway, June 2012.