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Department of Population Medicine and Health Services Research (AG2)

Prof. Dr. med. Kayvan Bozorgmehr has been appointed head of the Department of Population Medicine and Health Services Research (AG 2) in the School of Public Health in March 2019.

The Department of Population Medicine and Health Services Research conducts innovative, interdisciplinary research to consolidate and expand empirical and theoretical knowledge on systemic challenges to health and society. We aim to explore the reciprocal interaction of multiple, relevant and overlapping factors and health determinants at population level. The department aims to synthesize and generate practical and policy-oriented evidence. This includes the production of knowledge that is relevant for decision-makers and practitioners at different levels of the health system and which enables scientifically informed policy decisions to reduce health inequalities at national and international level.

The department maintains numerous interdisciplinary cooperations with university institutions, health authorities, civil society organisations and medical care providers within Germany. Internationally, we cooperate with universities, civil society actors and organisations of the United Nations to generate scientific evidence on the influence of social determinants on health and health services.

The transfer of our study results into practice is of particular concern to us. In addition to the publication of scientific publications in respected German- and English-language journals, we report on our research results in public specialist forums, news media and directly to public interest groups, authorities and ministries. Through our teaching activities, we contribute at various levels to the training of future public health and healthcare professionals.

Population medicine extends the consideration of individual patients to the investigation of the distribution of diseases and health in entire populations, population groups, regions and communities (i.e. population health, community health, public health). It focuses in particular on the contribution of the medical system to the distribution of disease and health at the population level or examines factors that can be modified at the population level by measures of the health system.

Health services research, on the other hand, is concerned with ensuring health care for the respective population groups, as well as the quality and improvement of health care systems and processes. This includes research into different aspects such as individual medical and health services, structural questions of the health system and health policy. In both areas, interdisciplinary cooperation with other public health sub-disciplines such as social sciences, health economics, environmental sciences and life sciences is necessary. In the age of the information society with increasing globalisation, the international dimensions of health and disease are given special consideration.



Information on the fields of work of the AG 2 department:


- Global Health

- Policy-related evidence

- Health inequities and the determinants of health

- Antimicrobial resistance

- Migration, forced migration and health

- Burden of disease

- Infectious disease epidemiology

News from the School of Public Health

News from AG 2

10 February 2020
Wie Wohlstand in Entwicklungsländern zur Krebsfalle wird”:
News story with contributions by Prof. Kayvan Bozorgmehr and colleagues.

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03 February 2020
New staff in the AG 2: Starting with February, we are glad to welcome Ms. Judith Wenner (MSc) as new staff member in our team.

15 January 2020
New staff in the AG 2: We are glad to welcome Mr. Diogo Costa (PhD) as new staff member in our team.

06 January 2020
New publication on ambulatory care sensitive hospitalisations among asylum seekers in Germany published in "BMJ Open":
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29 October 2019
New WHO publication by Prof. Bozorgmehr:
"What is the evidence on availability and integration of refugee and migrant health data in health information systems in the WHO European Region?"
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18 September 2019
New WHO publication by Prof. Bozorgmehr and Prof. Razum (AG 3):
Negotiating Access to Health Care for Asylum Seekers in Germany"
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12 August 2019
Niemand flieht aus Aleppo, um sich die Zähne machen zu lassen”:
News story with contributions by Prof. Kayvan Bozorgmehr and colleagues.
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05 August 2019
New paper in cooperation with the University Hospital Heidelberg published in "BMJ Global Health":
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15 July 2019
New paper from the RESPOND project published in "Emerging Themes in Epidemiology":
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05 July 2019
New DFG Research Group on Refugee Migration and Health Inequalities:
More (German only)

14 June 2019
New publication from the PRICARE project published in the Bundesgesundheitsblatt:
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28 May 2019
AG 2 attends a workshop of the RESPOND project in Heidelberg:
Medical care of asylum seekers in reception centers

27 May 2019
New WHO Compendium with the participation of Prof. Bozorgmehr
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15 April 2019
New staff in the AG 2: Ms. Victoria Saint (MMedSc) and Mr. Amir Mohsenpour (medical doctor) have joined the team.

01 March 2019
Warm welcome:
In March, Prof. Dr. med. Kayvan Bozorgmehr takes over as head of the AG 2 department Population Medicine and Health Services Research


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