Institut für Public Health

Institute of Public Health  (IPH) 





Prof. Dr. Rainer Sauerborn

Im Neuenheimer Feld 324

69120 Heidelberg 

Tel:   06221 / 56 5344

Fax:  06221 / 56 5948



The Institute of Public Health (former department Tropenhygiene und öffentliches Gesundheitswesen / Tropical Hygiene and Public Health, Heidelberg) was founded in 1962 and has steadily grown since. It currently has a staff of about 60, which includes the chair, two additional full professors (C3 and APL), three assistant professors (scientists with ‘habilitation’), research associates, support staff (lab technicians, managers and staff assistants, and a varying number of visiting scholars, post doctoral fellows and doctoral students.

The Institute of Public Health is part of the Medical School/Medical faculty which in turn is part of the University of Heidelberg. The Institute receives public core funding. However, more than half of our funds are competitively acquired for research and  teaching activities. Our mission statement emphasizes our international perspective with a focus on low and middle income countries.  

Mission statement 

Our mission is to contribute to the improvement of health through research, teaching and direct services (patient care, consulting) in developing countries and at home.  

To fulfill this mission, we attach great importance to linking our activities in two ways: on the one hand, we want to make sure that our staff teaches, evaluates development projects in the health sector of low and middle income countries and participates in research so that their insight and experience from different activities are enhancing each other. As an example, research results are fed immediately into lectures; insights from policy evaluation help us in the design of our own research projects.  

On the other hand, we seek to look at health and health systems from an international perspective, linking experience in the north and south. An example is our study of different ways to organize health insurance, spanning from our own Bismarckian social security to community-based insurance in Burkina Faso. A third linkage we cherish at the Institute, is the linkage between different disciplines. Health economists, epidemiologists, anthropologists, political scientists, sociologists, mathematicians, geographers, management specialists and biologists work closely together with public health and clinical physicians.   

Our staff is working within six thematic units:

  1. Epidemiology and Biostatistics   
  2. Health Systems Research
  3. Global health policies and systems  
  4. Disease Control 
  5. Global environmental change and human health
  6. Junior group of health economics and health financing

Each unit develops their substance area integrating research, teaching and service. In addition, we have a teaching office to coordinate and support the Institute’s teaching activities. A management support staff coordinates administrative and financial tasks.  

A lead team comprised of the unit heads and the head of the management unit  is chaired by the director and is responsible for strategy and decision-making. 

Research networks

From the Institute, several research and training collaborations have been initiated: 

SFB 544: “Control of tropical infectious diseases” (founding coordinator:  Rainer Sauerborn)

Graduate School 793 “Epidemiology” (founding coordinator + Speaker:  Heiko Becher)

Graduate School of International Public Health (founding coordinator:  Rainer Sauerborn)



Institute of Public Health, Heidelberg
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Official opening
MSc in International Health (MScIH

September, 29th, 2014
INF 365, Room 007



On-site evaluation of the proposal for an international research training group

September, 12th, 2014
Krehl Klinik, Room 703/704
INF 410, Heidelberg

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Graduation Ceremony

Master of Science in International Health + doctoral and habilitation graduates
September, 12th, 2014
15:00, Alte Aula Universitätsplatz, Heidelberg
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Heidelberg IPH Alumni Reception and
DAAD Expert Seminar
"Teaching and Collaboration in Public Health" (10th-14th)
Sept., 10th, 2014, 4:30pm, Palais Prinz Carl,
Kornmarkt 1, Heidelberg
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Malaria Project

Malariabekämpfung in Burkina Faso

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Presentation & Discussion
Prof. Till Bärninghausen
University Candidate for Humboldt Professorship in Global Health

29.1.2014 - 12:45 pm
INF 365 - R.007


Training program in Public Health: Master/Doctorate - a collaboration between University of Heidelberg and University of Ouagadougo through a grant from DAAD-Pagel  Details

Famulatur & PJ Förderung für Medizinstudenten Details

Wochenendseminare für Medizinstudenten Details

RNF 12.2.14

Rhein Neckar Fernsehen
Burkina Faso: Ärzte aus der Metropolregion kämpfen gegen Malaria
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Heidelberg Graduate Academy Completion Grant:

Robin Nesbitt
Gilbert Abiiro
10. Januar 2014


Pauline Grys has been elected as president to tropEd!

17. September 2013


Online-Formular für die Sprechstunde für Studierende

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22. August 2013


Vorbereitungsseminar für Heidelberger Medizin-Studenten
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Mai 2013

New Project

HCE Nachwuchsgruppe "Umwelt und Gesundheit in ariden Regionen..."
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März 2013

Undergraduate Teaching
For medical students: participation in Short Courses within "Master of Science in International Health"
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10. Dezember 2012

New Project

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November 2012

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50 years Institute of Public Health

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15. September 2012

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Awards to MScIH students:

Distinction Award:
Dr. Natasha Murray, NZ

Carlo-Schmid Programme Award by DAAD:
Dr. Angella Karamagi, UG

Else-Kroener-Fresenius Global Public Health Award:
Dr. Roland Kersten, D

15. September 2012

World AIDS Conference

"Deutsche Welle"-Interview

Florian Neuhann
Florian Scheibe
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25. Juli 2012


Maduni Madanayake (li.)
mit Bundespräsident Joachim Gauck
Humboldt Foundation Annual Meeting
Schloss Bellevue, Berlin
19. Juni 2012