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Dr. sc. hum. Anja Schoeps



Anja Schoeps studied Public Health as a Bachelor and continued with a Master in Epidemiology. Her first contact with the Institute of Global Health in Heidelberg was in 2009. From 2012 to 2017 she did her PhD at the Institute of Global Health in the Unit of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Her areas of expertise include epidemiological analyses, such as survival analysis, population-based studies and randomized controlled trials, and large databases. Anja Schoeps has mainly worked on child health and pregnancy outcomes in Sub-Saharan Africa, including vaccinations and health insurance, but has also gained experience in genetic association studies. Her recent research interests are mainly in the area of the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) and address different topics such as the effect of Ramadan exposure in utero or factors that are associated with infant behaviour.


2017 Dr. sc. hum., Institute of Global Health, University of Heidelberg, Germany
2012 MSc, Mainz University, Germany
2010 BSc, University of Applied Sciences Hamburg, Germany



Kynast-Wolf G, Schoeps A, Winkler V, Stieglbauer G, Müller O, Sie A, Becher H. (2019). Clustering of infant mortality within families in rural Burkina Faso. Am J Trop Med Hyg.; 100(1):187-191. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.17-0669.

Schoeps A, Peterson ER, Mia Y, Waldie KE, Underwood L, D'Souza S, Morton SMB (2018). Prenatal alcohol consumption and infant and child behavior: Evidence from the Growing Up in New Zealand Cohort. Early Human Development; 123:22–29. doi.org/10.1016/j.earlhumdev.2018.06.011

Schoeps A, van Ewijk R, Kynast-Wolf G, Nebié E, Zabré P, Sié A, Gabrysch S. (2018): Ramadan exposure in utero and child mortality in Burkina Faso: Analysis of a population-based cohort including 41,025 children. Am J Epidemiol.;187(10):2085-2092. doi: 10.1093/aje/kwy091

Schoeps A, Nebie E, Fisker  A, Sie A, Zakane A, Müller O, Aaby, P, Becher H. (2018): No effect of an additional early dose of measles vaccine on hospitalization or mortality in children: A randomized controlled trial. Vaccine; 36(15):1965-1971. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2018.02.104. Epub 2018 Mar 6.

Kagone M, Ye M, Nebie E, Sie A, Schoeps A, Becher H, Müller O, Fisker A B (2017): Vaccination coverage and factors associated with adherence to the vaccination schedule in young children of a rural area in Burkina Faso. Global Health Action; 10(1): 1399749. doi: 10.1080/16549716.2017.1399749

Fisker A B, Nebie E, Schoeps A, Martins C, Rodrigues A, Zakane A, Kagone M, Byberg S, Thysen S M, Tiendrebeogo J, Coulibaly B, Sankoh O, Becher H, Whittle H C, van der Klis F R M, Benn C S, Sie A, Müller O, Aaby P (2017): A two-centre randomised trial of an additional early dose of measles vaccine: Effects on mortality and measles antibody levels. Clinical Infectious Diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. doi: 10.1093/cid/cix1033

Becher H, Müller O, Dambach P, Gabrysch S, Niamba L, Sankoh O, Simboro S, Schoeps A, Stieglbauer G, Yé Y, Sié A (2016): Decreasing child mortality, spatial clustering, and decreasing disparity in north-western Burkina Faso.Trop Med Int Health; 21(4):546-55. doi: 10.1111/tmi.12673. Epub 2016 Feb 19.

Louis VR, Schoeps A, Tiendrebeogo J, Beiersmann C, Yé M, Damiba MR, Lu GY, Mbayiha AH, De Allegri M, Jahn A, Sie A, Becher H, and Müller O (2015): An insecticide-treated bed net campaign and childhood malaria in Burkina Faso. Bull World Health Organ; 93:750-758.

Schoeps A, Lietz H, Sié A, Savadogo G, De Allegri M, Müller O, Sauerborn R, Becher H, Souares A (2015): Health insurance and child mortality in rural Burkina Faso. Glob Health Action; 8:27327. doi: 10.3402/gha.v8.27327. eCollection.

Schoeps A, Kynast-Wolf G, Nesbitt RC, Müller O, Sié A, Becher H (2015): Decreasing Disparities in Infant Survival Using Surveillance Data from Burkina Faso. Am J Trop Med Hyg; 92(5):1038-44. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.14-0390.

Schoeps A, Souares A, Niamba L, Diboulo E, Kynast-Wolf G, Müller O, et al. (2014): Childhood mortality and its association with household wealth in rural and semi-urban Burkina Faso. Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg; 108(10):639-47.

Schoeps A, Ouédraogo N, Kagoné M, Sié A, Müller O, Becher H (2013): Socio-Demographic Determinants of Timely Adherence to BCG, Penta3, Measles, and Complete Vaccination Schedule in Burkina Faso. Vaccine; 32:96-102.

Schoeps A, Rudolph A, Seibold P, Dunning AM, Milne RL, Bojesen SE, et al. (2014): Identification of new genetic susceptibility loci for breast cancer through consideration of gene-environment interactions. Genet Epidemiol; 38: 84-93.

Ramroth H, Schoeps A, Rudolph E, Dyckhoff G, Plinkert P, Lippert B, et al. (2011): Factors predicting survival after diagnosis of laryngeal cancer. Oral Oncol; 47(12):1154-8. doi: 10.1016/j.oraloncology.2011.08.003. Epub 2011 Aug 27.

Schoeps A, Gabrysch S, Niamba L, Sié A, Becher H (2011): The Effect of Distance to Health Care Facilities on Childhood Mortality in rural Burkina Faso. Am J Epid; 173:492–498.

Book chapters

Schoeps A (2011). Survival-Analyse mit zeitabhängigen Variablen. KSFE 2011 - Proceedings der 15. Konferenz der SAS-Anwender in Forschung und Entwicklung, pp. 349–360. shaker Verlag.