Most public health journals focus on new scientific articles. Public Health Reviews was established to provide reviews of important topics in public health in order to assist in translation of science into practice, in Europe and globally. Our journal is aimed at policy makers, practitioners, scientists, teachers and students of public health. By making it readily available online, we hope to reach those who cannot afford printed journals and online subscriptions in countries and regions with little or no library resources but only internet access. We hope to help in bringing context and analytic capacity to adapt health systems to successful international standards, so as to meet the challenges of change in demography, epidemiology, disease patterns and societal conditions needed to achieve the long-sought goal of health for all.