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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

16 September 2020
New publication by Prof. Bozorgmehr and colleagues published in: Migration in West and North Africa and across the Mediterranean: trends, risks, development and governance
Health information management in the context of forced migration in Europe"

31 August 2020
News story in POLITICO with contributions by Prof. Bozorgmehr:
Germany eyes global health ambitions as US steps back"

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15 June 2020
So leicht hat es das Virus in Flüchtlingsheimen”:
News story with contributions by Prof. Kayvan Bozorgmehr and colleagues.

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12 June 2020
Plötzlich ein Corona-Hotspot”:
News story with contributions by Prof. Kayvan Bozorgmehr and colleagues.

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29 May 2020
New Publication by Prof. Bozorgmehr, Prof. Razum (AG3), Amir Mohsenpour and others as part of the Competence Network Public Health Covid-19:
SARS-CoV2 in collective refugee accommodation: Epidemiological and normativ-legal aspects

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28 May 2020
New Publication by Prof. Bozorgmehr and other colleagues in Frontiers in Psychiatry:
Predictors of Asylum Seekers’ Health Care Utilization in the Early Phase of Resettlement

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04 May 2020
New Publication by Prof. Razum (AG3), Verena Penning (AG3), Amir Mohsenpour und Prof. Bozorgmehr in Das Gesundheitswesen :
Covid-19 in Refugee Shelters: The German Public Health Service Needs Strengthening Now

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01 May 2020
Covid19-Small Area Monitor (Covid19-SAM) launched:
New instrument by AG2 to enable time-sensitive and small-area monitoring of the current Covid19 pandemic.
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03 April 2020
Commentary published in The Lancet Public Health:
COVID and the convergence of three crises in Europe
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02 March 2020
New Publication by Prof. Bozorgmehr and Prof. Razum (A8):
Lost in Ambiguity: Facilitating Access or Upholding Barriers to Health Care for Asylum Seekers in Germany?
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02 March 2020
Health Policy and Systems Responses to Forced Migration :
Publication of the new book by Prof. Kayvan Bozorgmehr, Prof. Razum and colleagues from Heidelberg University and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

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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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