Public Health Action

The Union's Open Access, online journal, which aims to disseminate new knowledge on all relevant operational research issues.

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Public Health Action


Operational research is performed to help improve health systems and the quality of healthcare.

Public Health Action (PHA) is a peer-reviewed Open Access journal that communicates and reports new knowledge across all relevant areas of operational research including: infection control, nutrition, TB, HIV,  vaccines, smoking, COVID-19, microbial resistance and disease outbreaks.

Call for papers on Sustainable Development Goals

We have recently expanded the scope of PHA to provide broad coverage of relevant areas of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations. This includes the impact of climate change, universal health coverage, the need for equality, improving access to education and training and good nutrition for health and wellbeing.

Information for Authors

PHA welcomes the submission of articles on operational research, including policy, practice, systems, quality assurance/quality improvement, cost-benefit analysis, legislation and health systems research, equity, ethics and access to services.

The Editors will consider any manuscript reporting original research on health systems, services and capacity building, with a focus on all relevant areas of public health.

The Journal is Open Access – freely available to all to read – and published with a CC-BY 4.0 licence. Authors retain copyright for their articles. To enable Open Access for all our readers, authors of accepted articles are required to pay an article processing charge (see link to Open Access fees).

General Information

Public Health Action (PHA) is owned and published by The Union.

Find out full details of the Editorial Board

  • Frequency: Online issues published quarterly
  • Publishing model: Open access e-ISSN: 2220-8372
  • Creative commons: all Open Access articles are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons CC-BY Attribution License, which permits unrestricted reuse, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
  • Indexing and abstracting: PHA is fully searchable on PubMed and PubMed Central, Elsevier EMBASE and OpenAlex (
  • XML deposited to Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) – and metadata incorporated into library discovery portals and search engines including:
  • OCLC
  • EBSCO products
  • Clarivate's Proquest and Ex Libris
  • Web of Science
  • Google Scholar
  • Google
  • Dimensions
  • CONSER's MARC records
  •  Freely available as full-text articles (back to Volume 1, Number 1) on PubMed Central.
  • Article level metrics available for all published content.
  • PHA is deposited with CLOCKSS and LOCKSS

Contact Information

For all queries regarding submission, proofs or advertising in Public Health Action, please contact the PHA Editorial Office.

Advertising and Sponsorship

Advertising and Sponsoring content is an excellent way of reaching clinicians, health care workers, researchers, students and decision makers. As an Open Access journal, PHA has no barriers to access and can reach readers in public health centres, medical, university and pharmaceutical libraries, along with civil society and the patients themselves.