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Unit of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Sektion Epidemiologie und Biostatistik (EpiStat)

- The Unit stopped being active on 31.12.2019. However, most of its members are still working at the Institute. -

The Unit of Epidemiology and Biostatistics conducts population-based research on various aspects of human disease, provides expertise in study design and analysis to other groups at the Institute of Global Health and the University Hospital, and takes responsibility for academic teaching in epidemiology, biostatistics and global health within the medical faculty.


Most research at the Unit takes an international perspective and focuses either on the study of determinants of disease in low- and middle-income countries or the effect of globalization on human well-being. We also conduct trials on potential interventions for the advancement of global health. Our current research activities are within the following themes:

Maternal & child health
Infectious diseases
Migrant studies
Other projects


The Unit contributes to the academic teaching of medical students in the “Querschnittsbereich” Epidemiology, Medical Biometry and Medical Informatics as well as the epidemiology and biostatistics content of the MSc International Health at our institute. More recently and in response to the growing interest of students, the elective course “Wahlfach” Global Health for medical students was established at the Institute.

MSc International Health
HeiCuMed Epidemiology
Global Health “Wahlfach”
Other activities


We cherish the linkage between different disciplines and our staff’s background covers disciplines including epidemiology, statistics, medicine, pharmacy, biology, medical informatics and social sciences.
Unsolicited applications for PhD positions and internships are welcome (for more information click here)
For a full list of the Unit’s staff and associated members, follow this link.


Prof. Dr. Dr. med. Sabine Gabrysch, Unit Head
PD Dr. sc. hum. Volker Winkler, Deputy Head

Front desk & Contact details

Elke Braun-van der Hoeven, Im Neuenheimer Feld 324, 3rd floor, 69120 Heidelberg, Germany
Ph.: +49 (0) 6221 56 4067
Fax: +49 (0) 6221 56 5039
Email: elke.braun(at)urz.uni-heidelberg.de 



Talk on FAARM on 6 June 2018 by Sabine Gabrysch at LSHTM's Centre for Evaluation (30 min.): watch here

Global Health

Stipendien und individuelle Betreuung: Heidelberg stärkt Ausbildung von Global Health-Experten

Die Else Kröner-Fresenius-Stiftung fördert neues Promotionskolleg an der Medizinischen Fakultät Heidelberg, Institut für Public Health für drei Jahre mit 750.000 Euro / Resistente Keime, Klimawandel, Flucht – Bedarf an Wissenschaftlern im Bereich Globale Gesundheit steigt.
Pressemitteilung 2.2.2018


Research magazine Ruperto Carola
The silent hunger. Sustainable against malnutrition.
Sabine Gabrysch