SDG 3: Good Health & Well-Being

Good health and wellbeing are essential to sustainable development. Although great strides have been made within key factors associated with good health and quality of life, progress is uneven globally and there is more that we can do. SDG 3 reflects the complexities and the interconnectedness of health and wellbeing, and as a global publisher we are committed to playing our role in advancing progress towards achieving SDG3 by both supporting researchers and being an active voice, promoting an interdisciplinary evidenced-based approach to all targets and indicators within this goal.

Collaborative evidence-based approaches to public policy and healthcare policy and practice are essential not only in addressing inequalities, but also in building trusted sustainable ways forward in which to ensure good health and wellbeing for all. Through the research we publish we hope to play our role in not only supporting researchers in both the publication and development of their work in this area, but also in enabling greater access to high-quality content to assist policy-makers, governments and humanitarian organisations, in making research-backed decisions to advance the international wellbeing agenda.

New open access journals publishing SDG3-related findings


BMC Global and Public Health

The new open access journal, BMC Global and Public Health aims to promote health and well-being, to advance health equity and policy making, and to connect and support the global and public health communities around the world. Areas of interest include disease epidemiology, population health, health equity, environmental and occupational health, health policy, reproductive, maternal and child health, and social determinants of health. We invite you to submit your paper today.

Read our official launch announcement and find out about the journal's mission from Chief Editor Gerrit John-Schuster


Discover Health Systems

The new open access journal, Discover Health Systems welcomes multidisciplinary work that addresses systems-level research and discussions relating to health systems, services and informatics. 

Editors-in-Chief: Vanni Agnoletti, University of Bologna, Italy & Rodolfo Catena, University College London, UK

We invite you to submit your paper today.

Call for Papers for the Collection: AI Augmented Healthcare Systems and Services


Journal of Activity, Sedentary and Sleep Behaviors

"Physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep all influence one another and are all related to both physical and mental health outcomes. To improve health it is important that we increase our understanding of how these behaviors interact. Research in this area is increasing exponentially and JASSB is the first journal specifically dedicated to studying the combined effects of activity, sedentary and sleep behaviors."

Submit your research today!

Editors-in-Chief: Corneel Vandelanotte, Central Queensland University, Australia

Read the blog post about his experiences of creating a journal from conception to full launch and his vision for the journal.


Discover Epidemics

The new open access journal, Discover Epidemics welcomes research from across the field of epidemics, including communicable and non-communicable diseases and behavioral practices.

Submit your findings today!

Editor-in-Chief: Gregory Kirk, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA

Topical Collections & Special Issues relevant to SDG3

Open for submission:

Child and Adolescent Health (Nature Communications & Communications Medicine)

Stem Cells and UN SDG 3: The impact of COVID and Infectious Diseases, addressing UN SDG Target 3.3 (Stem Cell Reviews and Reports)

Reducing Poverty and its Consequences (a multiple journals collection)

Impact of climate change on non-communicable diseases (Supportive Care in Cancer & Cancer Causes & Control)

Climate impacts on health (BMC Public Health)

Global climate change: the defining issue of our time for our children’s health (Pediatric Research)

Natural hazards and disaster preparedness (BMC Public Health)

Long-term Impact of COVID in Cancer Patients (a multiple journals collection)

Disparities in access to sexual and reproductive health services (BMC Women's Health & BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth)

Cancer Disparities (a multiple journals collection)

SDG Series

Explore the latest releases in the SDG book series based around SDG3 below. 

The SDG Series is Springer Nature’s inaugural cross-imprint book series that addresses and supports the United Nations’ seventeen Sustainable Development Goals. The Series is the first at Springer Nature to publish books under both the Springer and Palgrave Macmillan imprints, bringing the strengths of our imprints together. 

The Series is organized into eighteen subseries: one subseries based around each of the seventeen respective Sustainable Development Goals, and an eighteenth subseries, “Connecting the Goals,” which serves as a home for volumes addressing multiple goals or studying the SDGs as a whole. Each subseries is guided by an expert Subseries Advisor with years or decades of experience studying and addressing core components of their respective Goal.

Meet the Researchers

We interviewed two researchers working to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

Dr Ambroise Wonkam

Dr Goylette Chami

Discussions on health

Meet the SDG3 Researchers Blog Series

New Content ItemIn this series, we interview academics and practitioners working in diverse fields to achieve SDG3. Particular focus is on researchers based in, or working in settings in, the Global South, minorities, and female scientists, and whose work is bridging gaps between disciplines, countries, and basic and applied research. Discover now.

Science for a Sustainable Future

SSF Health Pannel 2021 © Springer Nature 2021Springer Nature and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) hosted a virtual conference to unpack the role of science and expert knowledge in diagnosing challenges and developing solutions to the world's greatest challenges. Watch the health panel discussion now.

Infectious Disease of Poverty

IDEA Forum © Springer NatureThe IDEA Forum is a series of online webinars presented by our previous authors to share their research findings and stories, enabling their interaction with the audiences and readers. Watch the recordings.

Blogs related to SDG3

SDG3 and societal impact

SDG3_95px © Springer Nature 2021Discover SDG3 researchers' attitudes towards societal impact in this downloadable infographic, part of a larger project in partnership with the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), exploring the role of open research in accelerating progress on global societal challenges. Learn more.

Nature Portfolio