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Apl. Prof. Dr. sc. hum. Volker Winkler

MSc biol.




After his studies in biology Volker Winkler did his PhD within the DFG graduate program 793 ‘Epidemiology of communicable and chronic, non-communicable diseases and their interrelationships’. In 2015, he became Deputy Head of the unit ’Epidemiology and Biostatistics’ within the Heidelberg Institute of Global Health and one year later, he received the venia legendi in epidemiology. Since 2019, he is co-leading the crosscutting research group on non-communicable diseases and later he became leader of the research group ’Epidemiology of Transition’.

Considerations of the health and its determinants of population groups facing major changes are his main interests. He focuses on migrants, on non-communicable diseases and on the analysis of longitudinal data including the development of methods for the scientific analysis of register data. Generally, his research as well as his teaching activities focus on topics using quantitative methods. Furthermore, he is co-PI and the coordinator of the Heidelberg Graduate School of Global Health which aims to provide medical students with an opportunity to engage in global health research.



Awarded adjunct professor (außerplanmäßiger Professor) for Epidemiology at the University of Heidelberg
2016 Venia legendi in Epidemiology, University of Heidelberg
2008 Dissertation Dr. sc. hum., Heidelberg Institute of Global Health
2004 Diploma in Biology, University of Heidelberg


since 2010

Epidemiology ‘Epidemiologie, Medizinische Biometrie und Medizinische Informatik’ within the Curriculum Medicinale (HeiCuMed) at the University of Heidelberg

since 2017

Seminar ‘Beyond the t Test: Epidemiology and Biostatistics for Doctoral Students’

since 2018

Global Health Journal Club at the Heidelberg Institute of Global Health

since 2018

Coordinator: Heidelberg Graduate School of Global Health

since 2019

Short Course in International Health (tropEd) ‘Facing the NCD epidemic in low- and middle-income countries:from data to service delivery’ at the Heidelberg Institute of Global Health


‘Grundlagen der Epidemiologie und Statistik’ Bachelor in Health Education at the School of Education Heidelberg


‘Module 4: Research foundations’ Master of Science in International Health at the University of Heidelberg


The Hartmut Hoffmann-Berling International Graduate School of Molecular and Cellular Biology (HBIGS): ‘Basic Statistics for Biologists or how to choose the appropriate statistical test’




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